Dozens of Dogs, Snakes and Rats Rescued From Condemned Rhode Island Home

2 men facing animal cruelty charges

Animal welfare authorities say they have rescued more than two dozen dogs as well as snakes and rats from a Rhode Island home.

The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and animal control officers from several communities removed the animals from a Smithfield home on Tuesday.

They responded to the address after getting a tip from a concerned citizen.

"A number of the dogs were living in crates that were filled with accumulated feces, urine. They were standing in feces. The ammonia level was off the charts. It was very difficult for us to be in there," Joe Warzycha of RISPCA told WJAR-TV.

The dogs were French bulldogs and bulldog-mix breeds.

The house on Pleasant View Avenue was condemned.

WJAR-TV reports that police took two men away in handcuffs and placed them in police cruisers. The men, identified as Michael Williams and Michael "Noel" Ramos, are facing animal cruelty charges.

The animals will be checked out by veterinary staff.

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