Glocester man charged for animal cruelty following death of Great Dane


GLOCESTER – The owner of a dog that died due to neglect last month is facing animal cruelty charges, announced this week by the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Michael Pinto, 39, of Glocester was arrested on Friday, July 29, after police discovered a neglected Great Dane on his property. The dog, named Buddy, was severely emaciated and neglected, and later died, according to RISPCA.

Pinto was charged with one count of unnecessary cruelty, one count of overwork, mistreatment or failure to feed animals, and one count of care of dogs.

He was one of four arrests in three separate animal cruelty cases announced by the organization this week.

Pinto pleaded not guilty and was given a $3,000 bail with surety. He has a pre-trial conference scheduled for Wednesday, August 17.

The RISPCA shared graphic imagery of the dog, which can be found here.

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  1. Guess what guys, he’s dead and his soul is in the underworld (Hell). Glad those police officers were able to remove a “mistake” from this universe 😀

  2. Should and must be BANNED from EVER having or owning another fur baby again! Disgracglful irresponsible sadistic carless worthless looser!

  3. How do you scumbag sleep at night knowing how you starved that poor dog!! That Judge should hang u by your balls!! BIG LOSER

  4. Sad because they give their lives for you, we see it all the time, alarming us against fires or intruders. Shameful. Poor baby. Was a beautiful dog. Have so many places to give it to for the love and care it deserved. No need to have gone this far, ever.

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