Dog rescued from squalid home dies; DCYF worker placed on administrative leave

FILE -- Officials say people and animals were living in squalid conditions in a home in East Providence. (WJAR)

One of the dogs that was rescued from a squalid house in East Providence has died, an Animal Control supervisor told NBC 10 News Friday.

Authorities said they removed 46 animals, including about dogs, from 26 Floyd Ave. in Riverside on Jan. 12. The building inspector also said people were living there in "awful conditions" and the home was condemned.

The dogs, along with several cats and a bearded dragon, were taken to the East Providence Animal Control Center, where they immediately treated by veterinarians.

But two of the dogs were diagnosed with canine parvovirus, which officials described as"a highly contagious viral illness." While one of them passed away, police said "the other is doing well" and "getting stronger."

"Due to the parvovirus, the animal control center is currently under quarantine," authorities said. "They are unable to accept any animals or adopt out any animals that were already in the facility. Arrangements have been made with neighboring facilities to meet the future animal control needs of the city."

Meanwhile, the shelter is in need of items to help care them for the animals, such as blankets, towels, cleaning supplies and hot water bottles.

"Staff members will be available to accept these donations in the animal control center parking lot," according to authorities.

NBC 10 News previously reported that homeowner Rachel Duarte, 40, was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and simple assault. She was released on personal recognizance.

The state Department of Children, Youth and Families told NBC 10 the agency has had contact with the family before.

"A 17-year-old was living at the home as part of a private living arrangement between her legal guardian and the family who lives at the home. This was not a foster care placement. DCYF was in the process of assessing the appropriateness of this private arrangement and had not yet rendered a decision," a spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman later said that a worker who visited the home was placed on administrative leave, pending an internal investigation. The employee's name is not being released.

The case remains under investigation and more charges are possible, according to authorities.

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