April 19, 2017BERLIN – After about an eight month investigation, a Berlin couple was arrested on multiple charges of animal cruelty earlier this month.
On March 25, police executed a search warrant at the residence of John Dumas, 35, and Pamela Mansulla, 31, at 143 Jericho Rd. in Berlin.
On April 6, the couple was arrested on 44 counts of animal cruelty and/or neglect and several animals were seized – 15 dogs and a cat. The animals were taken by members of the Conway Humane Society and brought to the humane society's animal shelter in Conway where they will remain in custody until further notice.
The charges are Class A misdemeanors. The couple could face up to a year in jail and to a $2,000 fine.
Both Dumas and Mansulla were released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail, and are scheduled to appear in court on May 13.
Sgt. Hollie Dube of the Berlin Police department, who was the lead investigator, had visited the home of the couple several times and she was always denied access inside the home while attempting to talk to the owners of the animals. She had learned of an American Bulldog that had been in the care of different owners at different times, including in the care of the couple. The dog appeared to have sores on its skin and eyes and was in very poor condition. The owners are in dispute over the responsibility that led to the dog's unhealthy condition. Mansulla stated that she supposedly had taken the dog to a veterinary clinic that day for care.
Dumas and Mansulla go by the last name of McKay on Facebook, and have a page titled "Northern Bullies" where they market dogs for sale for $1500 each. Mansulla proclaims to be a dog breeder.
Several area veterinarian clinics have confirmed that although some of the animals seized have been checked in for services on a few occasions, the animals had not been brought in frequently.
During the search and seizure on March 25, the bulldog, 14 other dogs and a cat were removed from the home. During the search, the animals were found saturated with urine and feces as well as in their kettles. The dogs had no water and only one puppy was had available food.
The cat was located in a crate with visible urine inside.
A veterinarian from the Conway shelter confirmed that the animals were thin and in poor health with urine and feces that saturated their coats. The animals had skin and eye irritations, ear infections, overgrown nails, and injured and inflamed paws. A number of dogs tested positive for whip and/or round worms which can be transmitted to humans. Round worms pose significant health risks to humans.