NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Animal rights activists shouted “coward” and “murderer” outside the court hearing of a Branford man charged with choking his dog to death when it misbehaved.

Twenty-two-year-old Alex Wullaert was arraigned Tuesday in New Haven Superior Court on animal cruelty and littering charges. He’s free on a promise to appear in court.

Wullaert was arrested last Monday after a microchip found inside the dog’s discarded body in January identified him as the owner. Authorities say Wullaert confessed to strangling the pit bull-boxer mix, named Desmond, at his home after it urinated on his leg and bit him.

Wullaert said in court papers that he put flowers on the lake where he tossed the dog’s body.

Activists have set up a Facebook page “Justice for Desmond” to help organize their protest.
Information from: WTNH-TV,

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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