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Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty After Dog Attack in New Britain

A New Britain woman faces charges after her dog attacked her children and two adults in October, according to New Britain police.

Police said 37-year-old Jessica DePaolis faces animal cruelty charges after a dog in her care attacked others in her home.

On October 23 officers responded to 62 Fairview Street, DePaolis’ home, for a report of bulldog attacking people and other dogs in the home, police said.

Four people were injured, including DePaolis’ two children, ages 7 and 13. Police said the 7-year-old required surgery.

A Chihuahua was also killed in the attack.

According to police, officers found 19 dogs in the home, including a male bulldog that had attacked while DePaolis was not at home. The city was given custody of the animals.

DePaolis was served with an arrest warrant Monday charging her multiple counts of cruelty to animals, risk of injury to a minor, violating kennel license/inspection requirements, and first-degree reckless endangerment.

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