SOUTHINGTON - Two local people face animal cruelty charges after allegedly neglecting their dog to the point where the animal had difficulty walking, fur loss, scaly skin, an infection and other health problems.
Police allege Kyle Burleigh, 21, of Plantsville, brought the dog in June to the Southington Animal Control facility and lied to officials there, saying he had found the dog. An investigation later determined the dog, named Knight, belonged to his mother, Linda Burleigh, 45, of Plantsville, according to police.
Kyle and Linda Burleigh each face charges of animal cruelty, failure to vaccinate a dog and failure to license a dog. Kyle Burleigh also has been charged with one count of second-degree false statement. They were charged last week.
Police said the dog was brought to a veterinarian after Kyle Burleigh went to animal control, saying he found the dog in his yard six days earlier. The animal had a hard time walking, long nails to the point where it had bled, large skin tags on its underside, fur loss, scaly skin, chronically infected ears, masses hanging from the abdomen, some atrophy in the hind legs, and it smelled of a foul odor, police said.
At the vet, police said, it was discovered that the animal was owned by Linda Burleigh and was adopted in August 2010. The last record the vet had of treating Knight was in September 2010.
Kyle Burleigh admitted the dog was his mother’s and that he had lied about finding it after he was confronted with this information, according to police. He allowed an animal control officer into his home, where he admitted that dried blood on the carpet was a result of the dog’s ingrown nails.
The animal is receiving medical attention and his condition is improving, police said.
Kyle and Linda Burleigh have been released on a $1,500 non-surety bond and are scheduled to be arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Monday.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.