Ex-Animal Control Officer Charged With Animal Cruelty

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013  |  Updated 2:07 PM EDT
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A former animal control officer in Wolcott has been arrested, charged with abusing dogs in his facility.

A former animal control officer in Wolcott has been arrested, charged with abusing dogs in his facility.

Former Wolcott, Conn., Municipal Animal Control Officer Joseph Ouimet appeared in court on Thursday to answer to animal cruelty charges and his case has been continued until next month.

Police arrested Ouimet, 41, of Wolcott, on August 23 after investigating incidents at the town’s dog pound. They said hidden camera video revealed dogs being slammed and sprayed with chemicals, police said.

Protesters were at court today as Ouimet appeared to answer to four counts of animal cruelty. 

"I have no comment," he said today as he left court, holding his friend's service dog.

His case has been continued to Oct. 17.

Police started investigating in May after receiving complaints about conditions, including violations dealing with cleaning and sanitizing floors, grates, beds and bowls.

Hidden camera were set up inside the kennel area from May 5 until July 10 and the video revealed Ouimet slamming a dog between a kennel door several times and spraying two dogs with a hose, according to police.

The footage also showed a dog being sprayed in the face with a cleaning substance, police said.

Police said Ouimet was placed on administrative leave and given the opportunity to resign, police said. If he was found guilty, that could have resulted in termination.

Ouimet resigned from his animal control position on July 16.


 

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