East Haven Man Charged With Animal Cruelty Took Injured Dogs' Pain Medication: Police

The man has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

An East Haven man is accused of going doctor shopping along the shoreline to get prescription pain medication to treat suspicious injuries to his dogs, but police said he took the pain medication himself instead. 

Guilford police said 33-year-old James Cunnington, of East Haven, got prescription pain drugs from veterinary offices in Guilford and the shoreline area to treat what they called ”suspicious reoccurring injuries” to his two dogs, but instead he used the drugs himself. 

After an investigation by Guilford Police, animal control offices in Guilford and East Haven, and East Haven Police, Cunnington was arrested and charged with four counts of cruelty to animals, six counts of illegally obtaining drugs and four counts of doctor shopping. 

Guilford Animal Control took custody of Cunnington’s two dogs and had them examined and treated for their injuries.

Both dogs remain in the care of the Guilford Animal Control, police said.

It’s not clear if Cunnington has an attorney.

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