Police Arrest Owner of Sick, Abandoned Pit Bull

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013  |  Updated 2:04 PM EDT
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Police Arrest Owner of Sick, Abandoned Pit Bull

New London Animal Control

Police have arrested the owner of Benedict, a pit bull found abandoned in New London last week.

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A New London woman has been charged with cruelty to animals after a pit bull in need of a lot of medical attention was found tied up at an abandoned property on September 4. 

New London Animal Control found the dog, who they are calling Benedict, tied up at behind the house at 94 Blinman Street.

He was suffering from several open cuts, bacterial and yeast infections. It is also missing an eye and was brought to a local animal hospital to be treated.

Around 5 p.m. on Friday, Marissa Clarke, 30, of New London, reported that her dog had been missing since Sept. 3, when she tied him up in front of a convenience store on Banks Street.

When officials confirmed that the dog was the same one found on Blinman Street, police charged Clarke with cruelty to animals, failure to vaccinate and failure to license a dog.

She was issued a summons to appear in court on Sept. 23.

Clarke signed over custody of the 10-year-old dog, “Matisse,” to the New London Animal Control Division.

Animal Control said Benedict or Matisse cannot be adopted yet. He is considered evidence in the case and must be held until the case is resolved. They have a rescue set to take the dog once the courts give clearance. 
 

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