BRISTOL - A former city man faces animal cruelty charges after two dogs were found in Bristol in June without enough food and water and in “filthy conditions.”
Gregory Cox, 37, currently of New Haven, has been charged with two counts each of cruelty to animals, failure to vaccinate a dog and unlicensed dog.
According to the arrest warrant, the two animals that were neglected, a Pitbull and a Shih Tzu, were found on the porch of a home on Park Street on June 14 after a neighbor called police. The Shih Tzu was so lethargic that the caller told dispatchers it was dead, the warrant continued.
Upon arriving at the home, an animal control officer found both animals and described the Pitbull as “thin” and the Shih Tzu as “emaciated” with urine scalds on its body, according to the warrant. The ACO also found that the Shih Tzu was still alive.
The Pitbull was taken to the city’s animal shelter, while the Shih Tzu was treated at a veterinarian. It was then discovered that the Shih Tzu also had ruptured eyes and a “double ear infection,” the warrant said.
Upon investigating, the warrant alleges, an ACO found that Cox was supposed to be responsible for the two dogs. The officer found that the room they were staying in, inside the home, was “cluttered” and had dog feces all over the floor, he wrote in the warrant. The ACO also found empty food and water bowls in the room.
Cox was arraigned Friday in New Britain Superior Court, where he was released on a promise to appear. He did not enter a plea during the hearing.
The case has been continued until Oct. 2.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or email@example.com.