No. Smithfield pet spa owner arrested on warrant for animal cruelty


EAST PROVIDENCE — The man accused of neglecting animals at his North Smithfield-based pet-grooming business was arrested on a warrant on Friday, Oct. 30.

John Froais, owner of Doggie Doggie Styles, has been wanted since June, when the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offered a $500 reward for information leading to his arrest.

The spa first made the news last January, when he was arrested by Rhode Island State Police following the death of four puppies in his care. At the time, Froais was ordered not to have care, custody or control of any animals.

In early June, RISPCA seized a litter of six French bulldog puppies from Froais that were in need of veterinary care. The organization executed a search warrant at the Sayles Hill Road business later that same month and seized 15 cats and a dog they said were living in deplorable conditions.

On Friday, he was taken into custody by North Smtihfield police.

The business owner is facing four counts of felony cruelty to animals, four counts of inadequate care of dogs, five counts of unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine, simple assault and obstructing a police officer.

Froais was arraigned Friday and ordered held without bail.

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