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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-09-2020

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JANUARY 9-15, 2020 SMITHFIELD 3 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 cesarean-sections and a knee injury. 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 breeding 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 condi- tions for breeding or to be sold, according to police reports. The home was condemned. According to Panciocco, Lola need- ed surgery immediately following her rescue to remove staples used to close an illegal cesarean section per- formed on the dog. She said bulldogs often need C-sections to deliver pup- pies, 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 ani- mal cruelty case. Michael Williams pleaded guilty to unlawful/unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine and conspiracy to unlawfully 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 unnec- essary cruelty to animals and conspir- acy in September 2018. He received 22 months of probation and 80 hours of community service. Lola has thrived since being wel- comed 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 New life for 'animal house' rescue dog By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com PANCIOCCO See LOLA, Page 4 Glow Oil heat your home for less www.GlowOil.com 401-475-9955 Check Our Website for Today's Low Heating Oil Price G R A N D O P E N I N G STILLWATER ASSISTED LIVING AND SKILLED NURSING COMMUNITY AN AFFILIATE OF EDEN HEALTH CARE Our caring hearts and helping hands make the difference formally Cortland Place Let Us Help You Make The Right Move Move in before January 31, 2020 and receive a $1,500 Bonus Towards Your Rent in Assisted Living and we'll pay for the moving costs! (Not to exceed $450) ~Traditional Assisted Living~ ~Two Memory Care Communities~ ~Subacute Skilled Nursing and Rehab~ ~Long Term Care~ To schedule a tour, call 401-949-3880 20 Austin Avenue Greenville, RI 02828

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