The Oxford animal control officer was arrested on Sunday after police said she was taking dogs and keeping the pets at her home while having the town paid for their care.
Police charged 44-year-old Cori Wlasuk with two counts of third-degree larceny and five counts of second-degree forgery.
Last December, police received a complaint from Vicki Tkacz, of Oxford, who said Wlasuk had stolen her black pure-bred Newfoundland puppy in 2011, and stole another brown female pure-bred Newfoundland in 2014.
An investigation found that a black pure-bred Newfoundland puppy was turned into the shelter, but Wlasuk reportedly did not impound the dog for seven days, as required by state law. Instead, police said Wlasuk took the puppy home.
Wlasuk used a friend’s name to spay the puppy and police said she also kept the puppy “listed as residing at the shelter, so that the town of Oxford would pay the puppy's veterinarian bills.”
In April 2014, Wlasuk then reportedly took a brown female pure bred Newfoundland home, instead of impounding the dog, police said Wlasuk “wanted to buy the Newfoundland privately and she paid her cash for the dog.”
Police said Wlasuk told the owner of Newfoundland to sign an "Owner Surrender," which, according to police, turned over the dog to the Town of Oxford. However, police said Wlasuk had the dog at her home.
Once again, Wlasuk is accused of misusing the state voucher system. Police said she had the Connecticut pay for her dog to be spayed and her dog’s vet bills were charged to the town of Oxford.
Police said that Wlasuk also forged state documents and reports “in order to receive free veterinarian care for her canines.”
Officials with the State of Connecticut Department of Agriculture said she received three written warnings in the past for failure to investigate a dog bite, for importing dogs without health certificates, and for falsifying a state of Connecticut animal population control program document.
There is also an investigation into two counts of Failure to Quarantine a Biting Dog, Failure to Fill Out a Dog Bite Report and for Placing a Biting dog against Wlasuk.
Wlasuk was released on a $5,000 bond. She is expected to be arraigned at Derby Superior Court on June 5.
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