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Thursday, May 22, 2008County: Hartford
Charges: Summary, Misdemeanor
Alleged: Mary Theriault
A woman accused of burying three kittens in a city park and stuffing another into a trash bag that stayed on her porch for nearly a day had her case continued Wednesday [Sept 10, 2008].
Mary Theriault, 49, previously of 135 Newell Ave. is facing two counts of animal cruelty and an infraction for failure to obtain rabies vaccinations for at least five cats.
According to court records:
Police contacted Theriault May 22 after receiving a call from neighbors. Theriault was moving out of her apartment at the time, but let officers inside.
They discovered three litter boxes full of cat feces around the residence, along with empty food and water bowls on the floor. A small, empty bag of cat food was found "ripped apart" and laying in pieces on the floor of the apartment.
During their investigation, police found five cats living in the apartment, including one that was missing hair on the rear of its body.
Theriault told police the cat wouldn't let her groom it, so she gave it a bath and included a hair removal product in the water. Authorities found a trash bag full of fur inside the apartment.
Theriault, who now resides in New Britain, also told police the felines all had up-to-date vaccinations, though a check of veterinary records found none of the animals had been seen by a doctor since 2006.
Four days later, officers returned to the apartment on a separate complaint, after a neighbor found a newborn kitten in a trashbag.
Theriault told police she found three dead kittens in her living room the day before and buried them in Rockwell Park with a friend.
Theriault said she also found another newborn - with its umbilical cord still attached - in her stairwell. She said she placed that cat into a trash big, tied it off and put it on her porch with other garbage bags.
It was eventually discovered alive by a neighbor 20 hours later and transported to Bristol Veterinary Associates for treatment.
Theriault is due to return to Bristol Superior Court Oct. 8.
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