- Associated Press - Friday, December 28, 2018

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island woman is facing an animal cruelty charge because authorities say she failed to get timely medical attention for her 10-month old Chihuahua which later had to be euthanized.

Arianna Roberti, of Johnston, was charged with one misdemeanor count of violating the cruelty to animals following an investigation by the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The RISPCA says a veterinarian contacted them after the 30-year-old woman’s dog was treated for a fractured leg. Roberti was told to come back for a follow-up a week later but waited three weeks, by which time the dog had a severe infection and had to be put down.

Roberti is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 7.

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