Woman Arrested After Dog Is Found Dead After Being Left in the Cold

A Hartford woman has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty after a dog was found frozen to death on Adams Street in Hartford, according to police.

Hartford police said a concerned neighbor reported on New Year’s Day that a pit bull mix had been left outside during the bitter cold weather. Officers responded to the home on Adams Street and found the dead dog chained inside a doghouse behind the home.

The 3- to 4-year-old dog did not have any protection against the cold and showed signs of hypothermia and other signs of neglect, according to police.

It is not clear but police said the dog may have been outside for a month. The dog was being kept in the basement before a pipe bust and then was moved outside.

On Wednesday, police applied for an arrest warrant charging 50-year-old Michelle Bennett, of Adams Street in Hartford, with one count of animal cruelty.

Police attempted to serve a warrant at Bennet’s home overnight and located her on Cabot Street just before 1 a.m. Thursday.

Bond was set at $2,500.

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