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Wednesday, Aug 23, 2006County: New Haven
Defendant/Suspect: Judith Frazier
Case Updates: 1 update(s) available
Meriden police discovered 14 dogs living in a two bedroom home that reeked of feces and urine.
Jillian Cheney and Patricia Futoma are with the animal rescue operation Pawtectors, and were allowed by police to go inside 111 Collins Avenue to rescue the animals.
The first warning sign? The smell.
"Before they even kicked in the door, you could smell it coming from the windows, even standing on the porch," Cheney said. "We almost fell through the steps on the porch, the house was disgusting."
The house has been boarded up by the city. The reason? The floor was covered in feces and urine, water bowls had black water, beds were moldy, and the dogs were allegedly a mess.
"Some were extremely thin, open sore on one of them," Futoma said. "They all need dental work, they all needed grooming. Their nails curled under into their pads, around in circle, never had their nails cut."
Police arrested Judith Frazier, 59, and charged her with 14 counts of animal cruelty. Frazier was arrested for the same crime two years ago while owning many of the same animals.
"You want to go down and talk to the judge who gave her back the dogs the first time and say 'why did you do it, because looked what happened again,'" Cheney said.
The dogs appear to be in good spirits, and now Jillian and Patricia are searching for foster homes for Elvis, Blondie, Baby and their 11 other brothers and sisters.
"They are thrilled to be with people," Futoma said. "I think they are really happy to be out of the conditions."
For those interested in contacting Pawtectors to serve as a foster home for one of the dogs rescued, call 860-877-5049 or log to their web site, http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/pawtectors.html.
|Judith Frazier of Meriden, Connecticut, charged with hoarding 14 dogs in 2006 was convicted on June 3, 2008 on one count of breach of the peace -- she received 6 months in jail, suspended, 18 months probation, psychological evaluation and treatment; she's not to own, possess or care for any animals during the term of her probation.|
|Update posted on Jun 4, 2008 - 9:56PM|
- WTNH - Aug 23, 2006
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