Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty in Fairfield Turns Herself In: Police

A New Canaan woman charged with animal cruelty after several dead dogs were found in her former Fairfield home has turned herself in, according to Fairfield Police.

Heidi Lueders, 31, turned herself in at the Fairfield police station on Tuesday and has been charged with five counts of cruelty to animals and criminal damage to landlord’s property by a tenant in the first degree, according to police.

The investigation began when officers responded to a home on Prince Street in Fairfield on Nov. 11 to investigate a report of animal cruelty and found several dog carcasses in crates, according to police. 

Fairfield animal control officers, patrol officers and detectives responded to the house to investigate and removed the dogs’ remains after a search warrant.

Lueders was released after posting $50,000 bond and is due in Bridgeport Superior Court on Jan. 29.

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