Surveillance Video Leads Police to Couple Suspected of Burning Dog in West Haven - NBC Connecticut

Surveillance Video Leads Police to Couple Suspected of Burning Dog in West Haven

Court documents state the suspects claimed they were cremating the dog, but police said their investigation suggests otherwise.

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    Second Arrest in Burning of Dog in West Haven

    Police in West Haven have made a second arrest in the burning of a dog in a beach parking lot last month.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019)

    Police made a second arrest Tuesday in a disturbing case involving dead dog was found burned at the Sandy Point Beach Parking lot after the 4th of July.

    West Haven Police say 41-year-old Maurice Jackson was arrested Tuesday. He faces charges of open burning, breach of peace, and illegal dumping charges alongside his girlfriend, 34-year-old Latrice Moody. Moody was arrested Monday and is out of jail on $30,000 bond. She also faces an animal cruelty charge.

    The couple claims they were cremating Moody’s dog.

    In court documents, they say after their lengthy investigation "this type of behavior is not indicative of someone who wanted to cremate a beloved pet, but rather someone who wanted to simply dispose of an animal."

    1 Arrested in West Haven Dog Burning

    [HAR] 1 Arrested in West Haven Dog Burning

    Police have arrested the owner of a dog found dead and burned in at West Haven beach parking lot last month. They have an arrest warrant for a second person as well.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 5, 2019)

    NBC Connecticut obtained exclusive surveillance video from the Elm Street Citgo just after midnight on July 5.

    According to arrest warrant documents, this is what led West Haven Police to Moody and Jackson.

    Court documents describe what’s caught on camera. Police say Jackson is seen buying a gas can and then filling it up before driving away in Moody’s car.

    While Moody first said her dog Brooklyn ran away, police said she eventually admitted to wrapping the approximately 8-year-old Yorkshire Terrier in a towel and lighting it on fire with gasoline leaving folks to find the disturbing burn scene when the sun rose.

    Police say a post on Moody’s Facebook memorialized her dead dog on July 5.

    "Yesterday after having the best 4th of July ever, I came home to find my Brooklyn called home to doggie heaven."

    Police ID Suspects in Death of Dog Set on Fire

    [HAR] Police ID Suspects in Death of Dog Set on Fire
    On Friday, police said they have identified two suspects in the animal cruelty, arson case and interviewed one of them. That person is cooperating with police.
    (Published Friday, July 12, 2019)

    "It makes me sick I have a dog, I would never. The people should burn like the dog burns," said Christine Turcio of North Haven.

    Those we spoke to at the West Haven gas station are glad cameras helped catch the suspected couple.

    "A dog can’t talk back. I think when a person misuses someone like a dog or baby, I think it should be prosecuted very highly," said Kelly Moye of New Haven.

    As locals continue to memorialize the pooch alongside the shore, police say extensive lab testing showed the dog had extensive kidney, cardio vascular issues and a dislocated leg, leading police to believe Brooklyn was neglected in its life even before it died and was burned.

    In court documents, Jackson’s parole officer even recalls visiting their home a month before the burn investigation and seeing animal that looked in pain as it was walking on the "knuckle" of it’s leg. Police say Jackson has an extensive criminal history.

    We tried speaking with who we believe was Moody earlier in the day, but she drove away. According to court documents, police say she told them she didn’t know "if Brooklyn was really sick because she never brought the dog to the vet."

    Suspects in Death of Dog Set on Fire Identified: Police

    [HAR] Suspects in Death of Dog Set on Fire Identified: Police
    West Haven police said they have identified two suspects in the death of a small dog that was set on fire last week.
    (Published Friday, July 12, 2019)

    Moody is expected in court August 20.

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