A man has been arrested in connection to last week's discovery of over a dozen malnourished and flea-ridden dogs in a home in Holyoke.
Julio Rivera of Holyoke was arrested on Friday and charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty.
One of the dogs discovered at the apartment on Newton Street last Thursday was dead, and the rest are being cared for at a Springfield animal shelter.
Rivera is scheduled to be arraigned in Holyoke District Court.
(picture provided by T. J. O'Connor Animal Center)