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Discovery Of Dozens Of Animals Leads To Charges For CT Woman

Donna Scirocco
Donna Scirocco Photo Credit: Hamden Police Department

A Connecticut woman was arrested for alleged animal cruelty after police say they found more than 26 animals in her home, including some clinging to life.

New Haven County resident Donna Scirocco, 59, of Hamden, turned herself in to police on a warrant for the event that took place in October, said Hamden Police Capt. Ronald Smith.

On Monday, Oct. 26, the Hamden Animal Control Division, with the assistance of animal control units from the State of Connecticut, Cheshire, East Haven, North Haven, and Southbury executed a search and seizure warrant at her residence, police said.

Upon entering the home, animal control officers were greeted by two large rats. After conducting a thorough search, officers seized 26 cats, six dogs, two caged squirrels, and a blind owl, Smith said.

 One of the dogs was clinging to life. In addition, animal control officers seized three dead animals, including two cats and a woodchuck. 

Taxidermic animals were found inside of the residence.

Scirocco was charged with six counts of cruelty to animals. 

She was detained on a court-ordered $5,000 bond. 

Scirocco is scheduled to appear at Meriden Superior Court on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021.

Assistant Animal Control Officer Parris Gibbs conducted the investigation.

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