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The North Providence Breeze 01-08-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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6 THE VALLEY JANUARY 8-14, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION SMITHFIELD – Smithfield Animal Control officers said Lola the bulldog was one of the dogs, if not the dog, in the worst condition when she was rescued from a breed- ing operation at 189 Pleasant View Ave. back in 2018 Cranston resident Alyssa Panciocco adopted Lola in May 2018, two months after her rescue from what became known as the "animal house" in Smithfield where more than 25 dogs and more than 100 reptiles and rats were kept in deplorable conditions for breeding or to be sold, according to police reports. The home was condemned. According to Panciocco, Lola needed surgery immediately fol- lowing her rescue to remove staples used to close an illegal cesarean sec- tion performed on the dog. She said bulldogs often need c-sections to deliver puppies, but the surgery was not done by a professional. "They used maybe a staple gun," she said. Panciocco said Lola had possibly three or four litters of puppies. She arrived in the shelter in pretty bad shape. "They had to remove the staples. She had a hernia. She had mange," Panciocco said. Two men were charged in the animal cruelty case. Michael Williams pleaded guilty to unlaw- ful/unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine and conspiracy to unlaw- fully practice veterinary medicine last April. He received a six-year sentence with one year to serve for both charges. He was accused of cropping dogs' ears at an East Providence car wash. A second man, Michael "Noel" Ramos, pleaded no contest to unnecessary cruelty to animals and conspiracy in September 2018. He received 22 months of probation and 80 hours of community service. Lola has thrived since being welcomed into Panciocco's home, where she lives with dachshund, Rocco. The two pups made fast friends, Panciocco said. Panciocco said Lola has a perky personality and is "very grateful and very sweet." Panciocco said Lola is her first rescue dog, and she was inspired to take him in by friends who rescue dogs of their own. At first, Panciocco said it was apparent that Lola had never been out of her cage, never mind on a leash. She said progress was slow but rewarding when she saw Lola enjoy her first steps on grass. "She just needed a little love," Panciocco said. Lola is still a happy girl even after the return of a pre-existing knee condition and hernia in her stomach. Panciocco said she started a GoFundMe page, Help Lola Get Better for the New Year, to help with medical bills. Following her knee operation on Jan. 3, Panciocco said Lola needs to go back into surgery to repair scar- ring due to multiple c-sections and to fix her hernia. Panciocco said any help is appre- ciated, and said donations to the Burrillville Animal Shelter or Cranston Animal Shelter are also needed. Lola originally went to the Burrillville Animal Shelter, and rescue dogs from the case were brought to the Smithfield, Glocester, and North Providence Animal Shelters as well. "The shelter has been so good with the case. If you can bring something into the shelter, they get low on supplies in the winter," Panciocco said. New life for Lola, 'animal house' rescue dog By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Of the more than 25 dogs rescued from a breeder in March 2018, Smithfield Animal Control said LOLA may have been in the worst shape. Alyssa Panciocco of Cranston adopted Lola, whose age is estimated between 4 to 6 years. Panciocco has a GoFundMe page to raise money for Lola's surgery due to complications from improper c-sections and a knee injury. PAWTUCKET – City officials say they expect news soon on the planned redevelopment of the for- mer Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island site on Brewster Street as a wellness and residential care facility for veterans. The Lockwood Development Group signed a purchase and sale agreement with Care New England on the property last summer, and remains committed to the project, according to the mayor. "The city of Pawtucket will contin- ue to support the redevelopment of the underutilized former Memorial Hospital site to a project that ben- efits and meets the community's needs," said Mayor Donald Grebien in a statement Monday. "The Lockwood Development Group continues its due diligence period with discussions and negotia- tions after signing a purchase and sale agreement on the property with Care New England. "The development continues to be a top priority for both parties and the city," he added. The administration continues to seek strategic partnerships for the city through economic tools such as the federally designated opportunity zones such as the one the old hospital facility is located in, said the mayor. "We look forward to providing more updates in the near future and to working on development that will breathe life back into a major prop- erty in our city," he said. "The city will continue to have regular communications with Care New England and Lockwood regarding the future of the property to ensure that the site will once again be beneficial to Pawtucket and our surrounding Blackstone Valley communities." Grebien has said the Lockwood Development leaves space to add emergency services on the 13.4- acre former Memorial Hospital site. Lockwood executives previously said they are willing to make emer- gency services part of the campus. News on redevelopment of Memorial property expected soon By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Do you like to read The Valley Breeze? Then please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Breeze!' 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