Woonsocket Police Department

242 Clinton Street Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895

Telephone (401) 766-1212 Fax (401) 765-4922



August 30, 2021



Man charged with Cruelty to Animals


Woonsocket, RI; On Friday August 27, 2021, K9 officer Jason Berthelette received a call about an abandoned dog (grey and white pitbull) tied to a tree by railroad tracks just off Arnold Street in Woonsocket. The dog had reportedly been there for at least an hour, without shade, water or food in approximately 93-degree heat.

Officer Berthelette located the dog and was able to free it from the tree to which it was tied and transported it to the Woonsocket Animal Control shelter and gave the dog appropriate treatment.

Through an exhaustive investigation, Officer Berthelette was able to identify the dogs owner as Melvin Shaw, 41 years old, of 209 Rathbun St. Woonsocket, RI.

Mr. Melvin Shaw appeared in 6th District Court this morning and charged with:

1. Cruelty to Animals (Felony)

2. Obstructing an Officer.

His bail is set at $2,500 with surety and must turn over all domestic animals in his possession. Mr. Melvin is scheduled to appear in Superior Court for a pre arraignment conference on 12/10/21.

Follow-up questions regarding this case can be made with Captain John Picard at 401-767-8832 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.