Man charged with animal cruelty for failing to feed dog

COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say officers found his dog alone and severely malnourished.

Coventry police say officers responded to a complaint of an animal in distress last week and discovered the golden retriever. Witnesses told police they believed the home was abandoned and they hadn’t seen the homeowner for more than two weeks.

The dog, named Lucky, was taken to an area animal hospital for evaluation. He was admitted to the hospital for treatment of dehydration. Lucky remains in the care of animal control officers.

Police say 33-year-old Sean O’Leary turned himself in to police on Thursday. He is charged with unnecessary cruelty to animals and failing to vaccinate an animal against rabies. Online public records didn’t list a telephone number for O’Leary.

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