Hebron woman arrested on Animal Cruelty charges

A joint investigation with the Town of Hebron Animal Control Office, Hebron Police, Department of Agriculture State Animal Control and Hebron Resident Trooper resulted in the arrest of 49 year old Joann Connelly. Connelly is the owner and operator of CT Pregnant Dog and Cat Rescue, a licensed animal importer. An inspection in February of 2020 revealed only five dogs who appeared to be in good order however in February of 2021 complaints began and continued to come in regarding animals under Connelly’s care and allegations of neglect. A locked gate was at the end of the driveway and numerous attempts were made to be afforded access to the home for observation however were unsuccessful. Despite the many anonymous complaints received by State Animal Control there was no substantive evidence to apply for a search and seizure warrant.

On March 23, 2022, a Department of Children & Families investigator requested assistance during a site visit for information received that the owner had moved and a large number of animals had been left behind. During the site visit, accompanied by the Hebron Resident Trooper, Hebron Animal Control Officer and a State Animal Control Officer, the conditions in the home were found to be deplorable and unsanitary and an overwhelming odor of urine and feces could be smelled from outside of the residence. Officers observed numerous dogs in cages crammed throughout the house to include the basement. The floors throughout the home were covered in urine and feces. Birds and cats were also in the home and a pony, goats and geese were outside of the home in poor conditions. On 3/24/2022, an arrest warrant was applied for and granted for the arrest of Connelly for three counts of cruelty to animals. On 3/25/2022, Connelly was arrested on three counts of  Cruelty to Animals and held on a court set bond of $10,000.00 cash/surety and is scheduled to appear in court in Rockville on 3/28/2022. The animals were all seized, transported and are receiving veterinary care. The incoming transport of animals scheduled for today is being managed and the animals have predetermined adoptive homes. State Animal Control will be tracking and ensuring these animals are going to homes with proper care.

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