Man pleads no contest in animal cruelty case

Brian Kenney and Moses

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A man has pleaded no contest in the case of a severely malnourished dog found back in August 2015, in a Pet Smart parking lot.

Brian Kenney, 47, turned himself into police after his dog, Moses, was found in critical condition.

The dog had to be put down.

Originally, Kenney was accused of deliberately starving Moses, but it was recently revealed that the animal was suffering from renal failure.

“Renal failure affects your liver, so he wasn’t able to metabolize any food that was going into his body,” said Joe Warzycha from RISPCA, “so no matter what he was eating he wasn’t going to put on weight.”

Moses was at least 15-years-old, but was not starving under the care of Kenney.

“He failed to provide adequate veterinary care for the dog,” said Warzycha. “He didn’t starve the dog, but he failed to bring the dog to a veterinarian where he could either be treated or humanly euthanized. That was the basis of the charges.”

Kenney was sentenced to 11-months of probation, fined $100 and faces another $500 to be contributed to the SPCA.

He will also have to give up two dogs that he currently owns, since he cannot have a pet for an entire year.

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