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Case ID: 10973
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Mar 14, 2007

County: New London

Disposition: Alleged

Abuser names unreleased

The property owner said the last tenant took everything of value from the garage, except for his dogs. They were left without food and water for nearly a week, leaving Martha Rumskas, the town's animal control officer with a potentially dangerous situation.

"Well there's one dog in there that I know that's not very nice because I've tried to pick that dog up quite a few times when it's been roaming and I've never been able to catch it," said Rumskas.

Rumskas received a call from the dog owner's son saying the pit bull mixes were left behind. Her job now is to get them out without getting hurt. The unknown may cause the most concern, which is why she called in State and Old Lyme police.

Working together, they were able to wrangle all four animals. One of the dogs appeared to have suffered a painful injury.

"He had a harness on and it's too tight and it is ripped at least two inches into his flesh," said Rumskas.

Rumskas said she wants justice for the abandoned animals and plans to track down their owner and possibly pursue legal action.


  • WTNH - March 15, 2007

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