Theft of Dog from Plainfield Animal Control Leads to 2 Arrests: Police

The dog was under quarantine for biting people.

Plainfield police have arrested two men who are accused of stealing a dog that was quarantined at the Animal Control Office in Moosup for biting two children. 

The dog, a German Shepard named Vada, was reported stolen from the Town of Plainfield Animal Control Office at 5 Unity St. in Moosup around 5 p.m. on April 8. 

Vasa was being quarantined for four dog bites, including an incident on Jan. 20 in which two juveniles were injured, according to police. 

The dog was found in Roxboro, North Carolina with his owner, 31-year-old Sean Simmons, formerly of Wauregan, and transported back to Connecticut, police said. 

Investigators determined that Simmons had plans to move to North Carolina and paid 34-year-old Benjamin Audet, of Plainfield, to break into the animal control office and steal the dog, but Audet was afraid of being bitten. 

Simmons ultimately had to help him retrieve the dog and was bitten himself, according to police. 

Audet was arrested on June 9 and charged with third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary in the third degree and larceny in the sixth degree. He was released on a court-set $5,000 surety bond. 

Simmons was arrested Monday morning and charged with burglary in the third degree, conspiracy to commit burglary in the third degree, larceny in the sixth degree, failure to comply with animal quarantine, failure to comply with animal quarantine regarding attack dog and possession of a nuisance dog. 

He was held on a court-set $15,000 bond and is due in court. 

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