Higganum man arrested on 20 counts of animal cruelty
HIGGANUM, CT (WFSB) – A man from Higganum faces 20 charges of animal cruelty, according to an arrest warrant.
According to court documents, 32-year-old Dean Moore of Higganum also cannot be in contact with animals relocated from the case.
State police said Southington police took him into custody on Monday.
Sources told Channel 3 that several German shepherd puppies died on Moore’s property. They said he went on vacation and left the dogs outside.
Naja Muller told Eyewitness News that she was hired by Moore to take care of his German shepherds while he was on vacation for six weeks.
“The scenario I was presented with initially was not the scenario I was left with,” Muller explained.
Muller said she was told she would be caring for 11 dogs. However, Muller she said two of them had puppies right before she started working for Moore.
She said she was shocked by the living conditions.
“The kennels on the left housed originally one adult dog with nine puppies, and another adult dog with her 10 puppies, plus one other adult dog just as like a roommate to this situation,” Muller said.
According to the warrants, the mothers and puppies were:
Warrants also said the 4x10 kennels were filled with mulch and there was:
The warrant also detailed that the dogs appeared to be “extremely stressed”.
“There was just dirt. That area was not cleaned at all, so over 6 weeks the poop would pile up. It wasn’t a substantial living situation,” Muller said.
Muller said some of the puppies did not survive.
“A couple of the puppies died,” she said. “It was due to the high stress environment that they were left in by the owners.”
Neighbors said the entire ordeal made them cringe.
“I found it very concerning because the dogs would bark for hours,” said Christine Royce, a neighbor. “Five, six, seven hours at night, and I was just always wondering what predator was nearby that these dogs were fearing?”
Moore cannot have possession of any animals, the arrest warrant said.
His bail was set at $20,000.
Sources also said that a few weeks ago, investigators confiscated puppies and dogs on the property.
The arrest warrant contained limited information.
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