February 15, 2023
CRANSTON – The Cranston Police Department (CPD) has created a commemorative patch for a Cranston dog, Moses, that died of a gunshot wound to the head in March of 2022. All proceeds from the patches will go to the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) which works closely with CPD when the department receives animal abuse and neglect allegations.
The new patch costs $20 and proceeds will be used for Rhode Island SPCA’s active law enforcement program. The RI SPCA was founded in 1870 and provides adoption and rehoming services, veterinary care, humane education, training support and pet owner assistance programs.
The RI SPCA receives thousands of complaints of animal cruelty each year, but as a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (not affiliated with the ASPCA), the Rhode Island SPCA does not receive any local, state, or federal funding, nor is it affiliated with any national humane organization. The organization relies on donations from individuals, businesses and foundations to provide critical programs and services for the animals and people in the community.
The Cranston Police Department works closely with Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) when the department receives animal abuse and neglect allegations. This was the case in March of 2022 when a Bully mixed dog was found deceased and discarded in a garbage bag in the parking lot of a local business. It was learned that the dog named Moses had died from a gunshot wound to the head.
A joint investigation was launched, and through the tenacious worker of Cranston Police and a Rhode Island SPCA investigator, the alleged perpetrator (the dog's owner) was identified and arrested. A senseless and cruel crime such as this highlight the importance of the Rhode Island SPCA's daily work.
In Moses's memory, the Cranston Police Department is selling the commemorative patch, as seen above, with 100% of the proceeds going to the RI SPCA to support its critical mission. By purchasing this patch, you will help Moses's legacy live on and hopefully prevent other animals from suffering such a terrible fate.
Visit cpdcares.company.site/ and click 'Shop Now' to purchase a patch for $20.
To learn more about the Rhode Island SPCA, visit rispca.com/about-us/.