WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A Connecticut animal control officer is accused of slamming a small dog against a wall.
Karen Lombardi, 59, was arrested Monday on an outstanding warrant charging her with one count of cruelty to animals, Woodbridge Police spokesman Sgt. Frank Cappiello said in a statement.
An arrest warrant obtained by the New Haven Register said a kennel keeper told police the incident involving a terrier named Timone happened in November. The keeper said she was having trouble getting an outfit on the dog when Lombardi came over and slammed the dog into a wall while yelling at it to hold still.
Lombardi’s lawyer said she’ll plead not guilty next week and questions the co-worker’s motives.
State Rep. Diana Urban of Stonington said she’s outraged Police Chief Eugene Marcucci has decided not to suspend Lombardi.
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