Rachel Duarte (aka Rachel Gouveia), 40, is facing 17 counts of unnecessary cruelty and 365 counts operating an unlicensed pet shop and breeder. Muggle said Animal Control was looking into illegal breeding and illegal selling at the home.
East Providence Animal Control seized dozens of animals from the Floyd Avenue home, including 22 cats and 20 dogs. Conditions at the house were so poor the house was condemned on the spot by a building inspector.
According to Muggle, the shelter is now full of healthy dogs and no longer under quarantine as of Monday.
"One of the toughest months in my career," Muggle said. "We're back to normal here."
The shelter is now taking applications for adoptions. Muggle said he wants those puppies adopted sooner rather than later since he does not want them to grow up in a shelter.