Woman Arrested After Dog Found Frozen to Death in Connecticut
A woman from Hartford, Connecticut, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after a dog was found frozen to death.
Fifty-year-old Michelle Bennett, is the alleged owner of the pit bull mix dog, according to Hartford Police. She was given a $2,500 bond and is currently in detention.
A concerned neighbor reported to Hartford police on New Year’s Day that a dog was left outside during the bitter cold winter weather, NBC Connecticut reported.
When officers responded to the scene they found the dog already dead and still chained in a doghouse behind the home.
According to USA Today, the body of the dog was frozen solid.
Benett’s home is located at 108 Adams Street, Hartford, according to CBS affiliate WSFB.
The 3- to 4-year-old dog had no protection against the cold weather and showed signs of hypothermia and other signs of neglect, NBC Connecticut reported.
Police said it’s not clear exactly how long the dog was left unattended for but they believe it may have been outside for a month.
The dog reportedly was kept in a basement previously before a pipe burst and was then moved outside, according to police.
According to WSFB, officers tried a few times to apply the warrant to her address but she was not there. They later located her on Cabot Street where she was taken into custody without incident.
Police located her on the street just before 1 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4.