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Tenant Charged With Animal Cruelty; Sold Former Landlord’s Furnace At Home Where Dogs Were Living

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Herbert Smith (Courtesy Old Saybrook Police)

Herbert Smith (Courtesy Old Saybrook Police)

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Old Saybrook Police say a man who was living in a home on Ford Drive after the death of his landlord is charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty after police found two adult dogs, and their puppies living in what they described as “deplorable and hazardous conditions. “

Police say a Kansas-based bank is foreclosing on the property and was not aware 33-year old Herbert Smith was still living there.  They charge that Smith had sold the home’s furnace,  and the dogs were living in the home with no heat, no water,  and urine and fecal matter throughout the house.

Eight of the dogs are two-day-old puppies.  A ninth puppy had died. Two other puppies were three months old.

Police say Smith is held in lieu of $25,000 bond for a court appearance Friday.  The dogs were taken to the Old Saybrook Animal Shelter.

The house at 38 Ford Drive has been declared unfit for occupancy.

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