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Fall River woman charged with 12 counts of animal cruelty

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According to Detective John Robinson, on July 20th, Fall River officers William R. Silvia and Kevin Guerreiro responded to the 1300 block of Slade Street to assist ACO Kate Perry-Borges and MSPCA Officer Chelsea Weiand in checking the welfare of the 71 year old resident and the animals associated with the property. Officers located 15-20 cats on the property but were unable to make contact with the resident. Neighbors pointed out that the resident was at work and provided a location. The female resident was notified and returned to her residence. A welfare check was performed on the animals in the home. 5 deceased cats were located. Several live cats and 1 live rabbit were also located within the poor conditions of the residence.

Based on information provided by City of Fall River Animal Control Officer Kate Perry-Borges and MSPCA Officer Chelsea Weiand, Doris Melanson, 71, will be summoned to court on 12 counts of Cruelty to Animal.

If you want more details on the animals involved and how you can help, follow our related story here: animals-rescued-from-fall-river-home

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