A Bristol woman is facing charges after police believe multiple kittens have died in care and that she was caring for them illegally.
SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) – The death of a recently-adopted kitten led to another arrest for an animal rescue owner.
Abigale Jones, 31, of Bristol, was charged with sale of an underage kitten and second-degree violation of conditions of release.
Police in Southington said they launched an investigation on Aug. 2.
A complaint reported that the kitten was adopted in July from the Tenderheart Rescue in Bristol. It was fostered in a home in Southington.
The woman who filed the complaint accused Jones, the owner of Tenderheart Rescue, of not being truthful about the kitten’s health or age ahead of the adoption.
She said Jones had the kitten’s age as being 8 weeks old and “ready to go.”
Veterinarian paperwork, however, showed the kitten to be closer to 6 weeks old at the time.
Before that was determined, the woman said she took the small kitten home on July 27 and noticed it appeared weak and had difficulty eating solid food. The kitten was found dead on Aug. 2.
Southington Animal Control was contacted at that point.
Animal control contacted Jones on Aug. 3, and she repeated that the kitten was 8 weeks old and in good health at the time of the adoption. She also denied being present at the time of the adoption.
However, investigators learned that Jones has been the person primarily responsible for caring for the animals and the adoptions.