Man with 24 dogs left in cold arrested for animal cruelty

EXETER, R. I. – Police say a Rhode Island man who kept 24 dogs outside in the freezing cold, has been arrested.

Authorities say 59-year-old Carlos Alves is charged with the mistreatment of animals and unnecessary cruelty to animals.

The Rhode Island society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals seized 14 beagles, six Brittany spaniels and four Chihuahuas from Alves’ home on Dec. 22.

The group says that it was named to the Exeter home after a contractor noticed that the animals that live in miserable conditions. The group says that the animals lacked adequate care in 28 degree temperatures (minus 2 degrees Celsius), and the dogs were empty or frozen water troughs.

The group says that the dogs are healthy and will be put up for adoption. It is unclear whether Alves has a lawyer.

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