WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut woman has been arrested after police determined her dog suffered severe internal injuries as the result of sexual abuse.

The female beagle was euthanized on Monday after 38-year-old Dawn Dempsey of Waterbury brought it to a veterinarian.

Police told WVIT-TV that Dempsey initially lied and said she had found the dog wandering the neighborhood, but later admitted owning the animal.

Reached at home on Wednesday, Dempsey told The Associated Press that a male relative has acknowledged abusing the dog. She said the abuse happened while she was at work and she had no idea it was occurring. Police say another arrest is expected.

Dempsey is charged with cruelty to animals and is due in court on Oct. 31.
Information from: WVIT-TV, http://www.nbcconnecticut.com

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


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