MSPCA-Angell Levels Animal Cruelty Charges in Lawrence Dog Death

October 22, 2012

BOSTON Oct. 22, 2012 – The MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement department announced today it has filed animal cruelty charges against Raisa Reyes of Lawrence, Mass. for failing to provide sufficient food which ultimately led to the death of her two-year-old Pit Bull “Jada.”  Reyes is scheduled to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court on Nov. 28 where she will face two counts of felony animal cruelty charges.


MSPCA Law Enforcement Officer Martha Parkhurst arrived at Reyes’ home on Oct. 4 after receiving a complaint from the Lawrence Animal Control office.  Officer Parkhurst entered the home and was nearly overcome by the foul odor emanating from inside.  She found a deceased dog wrapped in a plastic bag—a one-year-old Havanese named “Niko”—as well as Jada, who was severely underweight.  Reyes agreed to surrender both dogs to the MSPCA.  Officer Parkhurst transferred Jada to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm Animal Care and Adoption Center in Methuen, where veterinarian Dr. Pam Wilmont examined her.


Jada was dehydrated and approximately 30 pounds underweight.  The decision was made to humanely euthanize her because of her grave condition.  Said Officer Parkhurst, “I’m pleased that we are at the stage where we are seeking justice for Jada and Niko.  Because this case is now with the courts there are no additional details we can share until there is an outcome.”


The MSPCA-Angell Law Enforcement team works with the organization’s adoption centers, hospital and advocacy experts to investigate animal abuse in Massachusetts.  In 2011 the department investigated over 2,300 animal cruelty complaints around the Commonwealth. 




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