A Glastonbury woman who is accused of abusing a Chihuahua appeared in court Thursday to answer to cruelty to animals charges, the day after she was transported from the parking lot of the courthouse because she needed medical assistance, and she is due back in court next month.
Police arrested 25-year-old Lindsay Anderson, 25, after officers responding to a home on Sherman Road Nov. 14 to investigate a report of an intoxicated woman beating a dog and officers found a Chihuahua with a swollen eye, a cut to the sternum, bruises on the belly and joints and possible burn marks.
According to police, Anderson admitted to throwing the dog against a wall as hard as she could.
She was supposed to appear in Manchester Superior Court on Wednesday, but judicial marshals found her in the parking lot in need of medical assistance and an ambulance transported her, according to a court clerk.
On Thursday, Anderson fought through tears during her court appearance.
Jessica Rubin, a volunteer attorney and advocate for justice in animal cruelty cases, asked the judge to remove animals inside Anderson’s home.
“Public sentiment is an animal should be cared for and so if there's an animal that hasn't received appropriate care, our goal is to do what's best for that animal,” she said.
In 2012, Anderson was arrested at the same address, accused of biting her mother and throwing the family dog. Police said she was intoxicated at the time. Court records show guilty findings of third-degree assault and interfering with an emergency call. A jail sentence was suspended and she was placed on probation for two years.
NBC Connecticut went to Anderson’s house after the court appearance, but there was no answer.
Anderson was assigned a public defender today and will be back in court Dec. 22.
In 2012, Anderson was arrested at the same home, accused of biting her mother and throwing the family dog while she was drunk. Court records show she pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and interfering with an emergency call. Her jail sentence was suspended and she was placed on probation for two years.