Officials have seized more than three dozen animals from an Oxford woman who is accused of neglecting a variety of creatures, including dogs, cats, chickens, and horses.
On Tuesday, officials executed a search and seizure warrant for animals and livestock owned by Karen Desrosiers at 48 Condon Road. The investigation began on Feb. 20 after Oxford Animal Control received a complaint of a roaming animal near Desrosiers' house. Oxford Animal Control officials said they discovered malnourished horses, livestock, companion animals and poultry.
Officials ended up seizing four dogs, a cat, 18 chickens, six turkeys, six guinea fowl, a goat, a pig, a donkey, a horse, and two miniature horses.
The search and seizure warrant alleges that the animals lacked basic and necessary veterinary care, proper feed and water.
"Conditions observed that led to the action include horses and a donkey with badly overgrown hooves, skin conditions and no water available. No hay and very little animal feed were seen on the property. One horse appeared to have wounds and injuries of unknown origin," according to a news release from the Department of Agriculture.
The four dogs and one cat taken in the seizure will be kept at local municipal animal shelters. The horses, livestock, and poultry are being transported to the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s large animal rescue facility at Gates Correctional Institution in Niantic. All of the animals will be evaluated by a veterinarian.
At this time, none of the animals are available for adoption as this is an ongoing investigation into possible criminal animal neglect, the press release states. At this point, Desrosiers has not been charged criminally.
“Neglect and abuse of animals are actions we do not tolerate at the Department of Agriculture,” Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky said. “It is essential that these animals receive adequate food, water, and care while we investigate the circumstances that led to these conditions, and take the necessary steps to ensure they do not occur again.
The search and seizure was conducted by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, Oxford Animal Control, the Oxford Resident Trooper's Office and animal control officers from surrounding towns.
How to Help
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture has a fund to help defray the cost of caring for animals taken during animal cruelty search and seizures. Donations can be made by check (payable to the “Animal Abuse Cost Recovery Account”) to the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, 165 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106. In addition to donations, the fund also takes in court-awarded monies and dedicates these monies to the feeding and care of seized animals.