TORRINGTON — A 61-year-old city woman with a long criminal history and a short fuse was arraigned Tuesday in Torrington Superior Court on a charge of animal cruelty after allegedly tossing a cat by its tail during a domestic disturbance.
Free on multiple bonds for pending cases, Michele Rousseau, of 214 Funston Ave., was ordered held Tuesday on $76,000 bond, which she was unable to post.
City police were called to a fight involving Rousseau on June 16, Detective Kevin Tieman said. Alcohol was involved at a residence where she was not welcome, he said.
Rousseau began arguing with the occupant, someone she previously had lived with, Tieman said. Angered and under the influence, she grabbed that person’s cat and flipped it outside by its tail, Tieman alleged.
She was arrested Monday for violating the conditions of her release on previous pending charges. Those charges were combined with the latest charge.
In 2018, Rousseau was charged with assault on emergency personnel and breach of peace when she bit down on an emergency room worker’s finger while she was being evaluated for threatening to harm herself.
In April 2019, she was charged with first-degree arson and reckless endangerment for attempting to set fire to a home at 138 Litchfield St. after the occupants failed to answer her knock at the door. Firefighters quickly doused the blaze, but Rousseau threatened to kill arresting officers, police allege. Rousseau posted a $260,000 bond in that case.
A widow, Rousseau listed her occupation in court documents as “cleaning boats.”