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Case ID: 18929
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011

County: Fairfield

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Dawn Marie Pieger

A nationally recognized German shepherd breeder, convicted in 2008 of stealing a Norwalk couple's dog because they were going to neuter it, was arrested Friday after police said they found more than a dozen of the pure bred dogs malnourished and living in filthy conditions in her home.

Dawn Marie Pieger, 47, of West Broad Street, was charged with multiple counts of cruelty to animals. She was released on a promise to appear in court pending arraignment in Superior Court on Dec. 14.

Pieger is the owner of Von Wymar German shepherds.

According to police, based on previous complaints, on Oct. 26, officers served a search warrant at Pieger's home.

Police said the house smelled strongly of dog urine and feces and as soon as they entered they encountered two wire crates by the door each containing a dog. In the dining room police said they found seven crates containing dogs stacked on two levels. There was no bedding in the crates and the dogs had no water in their dishes. On the wall above the cages were posted a number of certificates and awards Pieger had received for dog handling.

In the living room there were two crates stacked on top of each other. In the top crate was a dog that appeared very thin while the dog in the bottom crate had an empty pail in its crate, police related. In the kitchen police said another crate contained a dog that had thinning hair and overgrown nails.

In all, police said they seized 12 dogs in crates and another that was running loose, all in poor condition.

In June 2008 Pieger, accused to stealing Drago from a Norwalk couple, pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree larceny and was sentenced to a one-year suspended term, followed by two years probation.

Pieger was accused of stealing the dog, which the couple had previously bought from her for $1,300, after they told her they intended to neuter it.

An international search went on for the dog while Pieger remained mum on its location. The couple received reports that it had been spotted in Germany, Canada and eastern Connecticut. But it was finally found during subsequent raid of Pieger's home.


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