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Owner of Pit Bulls That Got Loose, Attacked 3 at Shopping Plaza Pleads Guilty

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    Owner of Pit Bulls That Got Loose, Attacked 3 at Shopping Plaza Pleads Guilty
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    The owner of two pit bull terriers that attacked three people outside a New Hampshire shopping plaza has had the animals euthanized and pleaded guilty to charges.

    The Portsmouth Herald reports that Richard Janvrin pleaded guilty Tuesday to two violation-level dog at large charges in Seabrook. He will pay a $280 fine.

    Authorities say the dogs ran to the shopping plaza March 21 and attacked two men and one woman. Animal control Officer Jeff Baillargeon says the woman was unharmed but the two men were hospitalized with severe bites. They are recovering.

    Janvrin says the dogs had escaped his home when a relative entered and left the door open. The dogs were put down on March 23. Baillargeon says the dogs didn't have rabies.

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    The Rhode Island SPCA has charged the owner of an 18-year-old pit bull mix named "X" with "unnecessary cruelty."

    It's not because he heartlessly abused the dog, but because he loved the dog so much, he couldn't accept or act on the fact that the dog needed to be euthanized long before the dog couldn't walk anymore, was emaciated, had bed sores, and was semi-comatose.

    "We can't turn a blind eye on something like this and just let it pass because of sympathy," said E.J. Finocchio, of the Rhode Island SPCA.

    Carlos Catano of East Providence, according to Finocchio, finally brought "X" to Ocean State Veterinary Services, which contacted the SPCA.

    Finocchio said he had no choice but to read Catano his rights, then called the East Providence Police. "Letting go is very, very difficult," said Finocchio.

    (Published Tuesday, April 25, 2017)

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