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Oxford animal control officer set to face judge for stealing puppies

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Cori Wlasuk is the Oxford animal control officer and faces multiple charges. (State Police photo) Cori Wlasuk is the Oxford animal control officer and faces multiple charges. (State Police photo)
OXFORD, CT (WFSB) -

An animal control officer in Oxford is scheduled to face a judge on Thursday for taking dogs home and having the town foot the bill for their care, according to police.

Cori Wlasuk, 44, was arrested last month on larceny and forgery charges.

Police said in December, they received a complaint from an Oxford resident who said Wlasuk stole her black pure-bred Newfoundland puppy in 2011.

Wlasuk was also accused of stealing another Newfoundland puppy, a brown one, in 2014.

Investigators said the black puppy was turned into the town's shelter, but was not properly impounded for a week, as is required by state law. Instead, they said Wlasuk took the dog home.

She used a friend's name to spay the puppy and kept its residency listed as the shelter so the town would pay for its medical bills, police said.

For the brown puppy, police said instead of impounding it, she sought to buy it privately and paid cash.

Wlasuk told the dog's owner to sign a "owner surrender" form, which turned it over to the town.

Investigators also said she forged state documents to receive free veterinarian care.

State officials said Wlasuk received warnings in the past for failing to investigate a dog bite, importing dogs without health certificates and falsifying a state animal population control form.

She's expected in court in Oxford.

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