A Torrington woman took money from people who wanted to adopt dogs off a website, however police said those victims never received a new pet or their cash back.
Police charged 49-year-old Suzanne Bristol with third-degree larceny on Monday.
From September 2015 to December 2015, police received several complaints about Bristol from people in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey.
The victims told police that Bristol was running a dog rescue called Just for Labs Rescue out of her home on Berry Street. They said she was posting pictures and advertising dogs on the website known as www.adoptapet.com.
Police said five people paid Bristol adoption fees, so that they would have their new dog shipped to them. However, the dogs never arrived at the victims’ homes.
During their investigation, police learned that Bristol never had the dogs at her rescue and the animals were actual in shelters in other states. Police said she also took photos of the dogs that were posted were from other websites and posted them to www.adoptapet.com.
Besides not shipping the dogs to the victims, police said Bristol never paid the veterinary exam bills.
The victims tried multiple times to get their money back, but police said they never received anything from Bristol.
Bristol was arraigned at Bantam superior Court on Tuesday. She did not enter a plea and is expected to return to court on March 10.
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