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Updated: Unlicensed Animal Shelter Placed Lost and Stray Cranston Dogs

If you adopted a dog from Gina Brown-Parra or Ryan's Hope Rescue since Jan. 15, the state Department of Environmental Management is urging you to contact your vet immediately due to a possible fatal contagion.

Updated 7:11 p.m.: A man who adopted a puppy from Brown-Parr defended her today and said she is being villified by the media despite her efforts to save dogs "slated for death."

"We adopted a great, healthy, puppy from this lady," said Richard, who asked that his last name not be used.

"I do not want to lose my pup!"

Richard said the media "fails to mention that she would drive to West Virginia and save dogs that were slated for death" and "is making her out to be a horrible person."

"I couldn't be more happy with the puppy she blessed us with and hope the media does a little more homework before throwing this lady under the bus," he said.

A woman operating an unlicensed animal shelter is under investigation for allegedly placing dogs with families without a license and exposing more than 20 dogs to possible parvovirus, "a highly contagious and often fatal infection," the state Department of Environmental Management said today in a release.

The DEM's agriculture and law enforcement divisions received a report of an unlicensed shelter that held a dog adoption event at the Exeter Animal Shelter on Jan. 29. The event was unaffiliated with the town.

Investigators learned that Gina Brown-Parra, operator of Ryan's Hope Rescue, brought several dogs to the event that were offered for adoption at a price of about $300 per dog. Because she has never received a license to operate an animal shelter, she was issued a cease and desist order by DEM.

The DEM eventually learned that Brown-Parra placed as many as 20 dogs at the Jan. 29 event and some of them may have been picked up as strays in Providence, Cranston and Coventry. Several dogs still in her possession were turned over to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Monday.

One of the dogs was allegedly picked up as a stray in South Providence and has since died from being infected with canine parvovirus, a highly contagious and often fatal infection.

If you adopted one of Brown-Parra's dogs, contact your vet right away, the DEM recommended, especially for any dogs showing symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, depression or fever.

If your dog is sick, contact the state vet, Scott Marshall, at 222-4700 x4503 so other parties can be notified of possible contact with an infected dog.

If you are missing a dog from the Providence, Cranston or Coventry areas, contact the city's animal control. The DEM is coordinating with local communities to determine if missing pets were adopted or fostered through Ryan's Hope Rescue.

rick macedo February 22, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I got a dog from ryans hope over a year ago she's been a great dog' and when I adopted her she came with all paper work from the vet who treated her thanks gina for a wonderful pet!' Rick & mary
rod May 23, 2012 at 09:31 PM
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rod May 23, 2012 at 09:32 PM
12 seconds ago http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green-cheeked_Parakeet hi i have lost my puppy bird he looks like this exactly. please help me find him my phone number is 4012861433 thanks will reward who will find him with 300$ please help me i have lost him in cranston Birch street Cranston, RI 02920, Stati Uniti
Jenny March 05, 2013 at 07:44 PM
I got my dog there and he is the BEST dog in the world. She matched us perfectly with the right dog. I don't care that she didn't have a licence, she did a good job and I would never give my dog Bowser up. I hope all these posts help because it is a great thing she is doing and she goes above and beyond to find homes for these animals where other people put you through the ringer and then decide you are not right.
DDAZip April 28, 2013 at 05:21 PM
My question is are they doing it illegally? Is this some kind of black market for dogs and have they since gotten a license to adopt dogs to people? If youve ever watched an episode of hoarders they think they are doing the right thing too.

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