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Case ID: 18745
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: cat
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Thursday, Oct 20, 2011

County: Fairfield

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Edna Stelmach

An elderly local resident was arrested after police said she threw two kittens out of her car onto a busy roadway.

One of the kittens was killed.

Edna Stelmach, 73, of Housatonic Avenue, was charged with two counts of cruelty to animals. She was released on a promise to appear in court pending arraignment in Superior Court on Nov. 4.

"It's not true, I was no where near where the animals were," Stelmach claimed later. "I had four kittens in a carrier and I was bringing it to the Humane Society in Westport."

But, according to police, Stelmach threw two of the kittens out of her driver's side door onto Barnum Avenue Cutoff Thursday morning.

Police said an officer had been flagged down by a man in a pickup truck who claimed to have seen the incident. When the officer went to the scene he saw a small kitten flailing about in the middle of the street.

While the officer was at the scene a Milford woman approached him and recounted that she too had seen Stelmach toss the kittens out of her car. Police said four other kittens were found in a carrier in the back of Stelmach's car.


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