December 22, 2014
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UPDATE: Warwick PD to investigate possible Gov. Francis dog poisonings

Capt. Joseph Coffey of the Warwick Police Department met with the Rhode Island SPCA today to discuss their investigation of potential dog poisonings in the Governor Francis Farms neighborhood.

Coffey said the RISPCA briefed him on the evidence they have collected over the past few weeks, which included the reports of 10 cases of dogs' illnesses with the death of five dogs resulting.

"There's no new evidence," said Coffey in a telephone interview.

Coffey said the police will now conduct their own investigation of the claims, and will interview the residents who have stepped forward to report their dogs' strange conditions.

"We want our own investigators to take a look at the case," he said. "We can't base things on a third party."

The initial investigation was conducted by a private investigator, who handed information on six possible cases to the RISPCA. Since the story first broke last month, an additional five people stepped forward with claims, and four were determined to be related. Joe Warzycha led the RISPCA investigation.

Coffey said the dogs that did not die from their conditions could potentially provide some evidence to the police, though there is not enough hard evidence at the time to name a person of interest.

"It's an active investigation," he said.

Coffey suspects it will take at least two weeks to interview those involved in the case. From there, he will determine if they can name a suspect.


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