A local man is being accused of intentionally burning and injuring a dog.
On September 19, 2020, according to RISPCA, 26-year-old James Kelly, formerly of Trenton Street in Pawtucket, turned himself in to the Pawtucket Police Department on an active arrest warrant on two counts of a violation of Rhode Island General Law 4-1-5, malicious injury or killing of an animal.
Kelly’s arrest was the result of a two-month long investigation by the Rhode Island SPCA Division of Law Enforcement. In July, 2020, Kelly brought an approximately two-year-old female mixed breed canine to a local veterinarian for treatment of a severe leg fracture.
During the initial examination, the veterinarian also discovered a large burn on the canine’s leg. During the investigation, it was determined that the burn was the result of a hairdryer used on the canine. It was concluded that neither injury was accidental in nature.
Both counts against Kelly are felonies and carry a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison, up to a one thousand dollar fine and up to fifty hours of community service.