Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty After Puppy Found Dead in Shelton

Shelton police have arrested an Ansonia woman on animal cruelty charges after finding a puppy dead and four other animals in poor conditions, without enough water, food and heat, police said.

Shelton Animal Control received a complaint in January about the welfare of animals at a home on Soundview Avenue and found two dogs and two cats in unsanitary conditions without adequate food, water or heat, as well as a dead puppy, police said.

Police and animal control were able to determine that Charlotte D’Amico, 31, of Ansonia, used to live at the house and was responsible for the animals, but was not living there when the investigation started, police said.

The animals were signed over to the animal shelter in January and police served D’Amico with a warrant. She has been charged with five counts of cruelty to animals.

D’Amico posted a $2,500 bond and is due to appear in Derby Superior Court on Sept. 11.

The two dogs and one of the cats were adopted immediately after they were signed over to the Animal Shelter. The other cat was adopted after recovering from multiple surgeries.

NBC Connecticut was not able to find a telephone number for D’Amico and it is not clear if she has an attorney.

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