TORRINGTON — A 29-year-old Bethlehem woman was arraigned in Superior Court Monday in connection with allegations she and her husband neglected their aging pet terrier, Mia, after they no longer wanted the dog around their young child.
According to police and an animal rescue service member, Mia was left behind in a dog crate for weeks after the family moved from Fenn Road in Thomaston to Bethlehem.
Destiny Capozziello and her husband, John, are both accused of animal cruelty. Their cases are scheduled for continuances in August.
Mia, they claimed, was sick. She couldn’t keep food down and was acting aggressively. Still, even though they “didn’t want Mia to be part of their growing family,” they insisted to police that they returned to their former home to feed Mia twice a day. When they noticed the 8-year-old dog was getting thin and sickly, they turned her over to the Bridgeport Animal Rescue Crew — BARC.
Nicole Millette, of the rescue group, said Mia was found to be severely emaciated, with open sores on her hind quarters. She ate all of the food provided to her, and didn’t throw up, Millette said.
“Mia was hunched over and unable to get out of the truck and had to be lifted and placed on the ground,” Millette said. Her ribs, vertebrae and hips were visible and protruding.
“She was a sweet and gentle dog,” Millette said.
A vet who examined the dog found her to be emaciated and suffering from muscle and fat loss, but no other apparent illnesses.
Mia was turned over to a member of the Bridgeport Animal Rescue group for rehabilitation and has not been aggressive, Millette noted.