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Rhode Island man charged after disturbing injuries discovered on dog by Swansea vet



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Attorney General Peter Neronha announced that a Scituate man has been charged in Providence County Superior Court with multiple animal cruelty offenses stemming from his alleged mistreatment of a pet beagle that was left in his care in August and September 2022.

On July 26, 2023, the Office of the Attorney General charged 23-year-old Robert Nolette, by way of criminal information, with three counts of maliciously wounding an animal.

As alleged in the criminal information, on September 20, 2022, the owner of an eight-year-old female beagle mix named Coco, brought the dog to Bay State Veterinary Emergency Services in Swansea after returning to her home in Scituate and discovering that Coco was having difficulty breathing and had lacerations on her body.

It is alleged that following an examination, a veterinarian diagnosed Coco with multiple rib fractures, subcutaneous emphysema, and multiple lacerations and abrasions that required emergency veterinary care to stabilize her. As alleged in the criminal information, the veterinarian expressed that the injuries appeared to be the result of intentional trauma.

It is alleged that later that day, members of the Scituate Police Department and the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals initiated an investigation into the alleged mistreatment of Coco and learned that Coco was in the care of the owners then boyfriend, the defendant, at the time when she sustained her injuries. It is alleged that investigators learned that Coco had also been brought to an animal hospital in August for emergency treatment for rib fractures after Coco was left alone in the care of the defendant.

On September 22, 2022, a Sixth Division District Court Judge granted investigators’ request for an arrest warrant for the defendant, who surrendered himself on September 26, 2022.

It is alleged that during a follow up care visit, a veterinarian diagnosed that Coco’s lacerations were second- and third-degree thermal burns covering approximately 40% of her body.

Nolette was released on $5,000 bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on October 11, 2023, in Providence County Superior Court.



  1. 10%ForTheBigGuy

    August 4, 2023 at 6:49 pm

    Trash deserves to be incinerated!

  2. Holly LaBianca

    August 5, 2023 at 7:18 am

    Anyone who could hurt any animal should not be allowed to mingle in society. They are socially and morally bankrupt with no conscious.
    Lock him up and throw away the key!

  3. Dog lover

    August 5, 2023 at 11:00 am

    Eye for an eye. All day long.

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