Hidden-Camera Investigation Results In Arrest Of Animal Control Officer

A police hidden camera investigation at the animal shelter has resulted in arrest of the former Wolcott Municipal Animal Control Officer on animal cruelty charges.

Police say they installed the camera after receiving complaints about conditions at the town dog pound. They say the video confirmed not only the complaints that the floors, grates and beds had not been properly cleaned and sanitized, but also found more serious violations in the kennel — including the animal control officer turning a hose on two dogs and repeatedly slamming a kennel door on a dog. It also showed one dog being sprayed in the face with a cleaning substance.

41-year-old Joseph Ouimet of Wolcott was given the option of administrative leave until an internal Affairs investigation was completed, or resigning. He resigned July 15, and was arrested Friday morning, charged with four counts of animal cruelty.

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