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Gas meter worker tips off authorities of deplorable animal neglect

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Pierre Cassagnol-Reyes of Cedar Street in Lawrence, Mass. was charged with animal cruelty on Tuesday by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) and the Lawrence Animal Control for the extreme neglect of 11 pit bull mixed breed dogs including five puppies reported the EagleTribune.com.

A gas meter reader refused to enter an apartment building on May 14 after seeing 11 dogs living in deplorable conditions in what he stated made him "sick to his stomach."

The dogs had been kept in the basement of the apartment house in makeshift cages of wood pallets and wire. The area was strewn with dog feces, trash, old dog food, and insects. More dogs were found in the Reyes' second floor apartment. The dogs suffered from malnutrition, deformed legs from being penned in the small cages, and mange.

Reyes surrendered all of the dogs to authorities. It was suspected that Reyes was trying to sell the dogs.

The owner of the apartment house has since been cited and ordered to clean up the building and bring it up to habitable code.

All of the dogs are recovering. One dog was sent to the Lowell Humane Society, and the other dogs, including the puppies were sent to the MSPCA Nevins Farm. All of the puppies have since been adopted, and the other dogs are expected to make a full recovery and will then be available for adoption.

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