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New Britain Woman Accused of Overbreeding Yorkie

A New Britain woman faces animal cruelty charges after police say she ignored veterinarian advice and overbred her dog despite being aware of a large mass on the animal’s reproductive system.

Police arrested 53-year-old Janet Asakzey Thursday.

According to police, the investigation began when they received a complaint about the condition of Asakzey’s 8-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Titi in December 2018.

Investigators said that Titi was suffering from a large mass in her reproductive system and severe periodontal disease that caused tooth and bone decay. Police allege that Asakzey knew of Titi’s medical problems for months and was told by three veterinarians that it was best for Titi to have the mass removed. Asakzey ignored those suggestions and continued to breed Titi, according to police.

Asakzey surrendered Titi to New Britain Animal Control and Titi received appropriate care with a new family, police said.

Asakzey was charged with one count of animal cruelty and released on a $5,000 bond.

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