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Animal Control Officer Charged With Cruelty

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WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (AP) _ Woodbridge police say they charged a local animal control officer with animal cruelty because she slammed a small dog against a wall.

Fifty-nine-year-old Karen Lombardi was arrested Monday, but details of the allegations weren’t released at the time.

An arrest warrant obtained by the New Haven Register (http://bit.ly/12JumXB ) says 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 says she’ll plead not guilty next week and questions the co-workers’ motives.

State Rep. Diana Urban of Stonington says she’s outraged Police Chief Eugene Marcucci has decided not to suspend Lombardi.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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