Police make second arrest in animal cruelty case

The mother of a Trumbull woman, who was arrested for animal cruelty in March, now faces identical charges for allegedly neglecting and abandoning a dog and her eight puppies, leaving them to starve.

Deidra Mines, 53, of 5242 Main St. was arrested on a warrant Monday, May 12 for nine counts of cruelty to animals.

The Times reported in March that Charlotte Mines, 28, daughter of Deidre Mines, and of the same address, was arrested for the same charges. Police said both women owned the dogs.

The charges stem from an incident last October when police and the town’s animal control officer found the animals, malnourished and reportedly left in the home for three weeks, with no food, water or electricity.

They were extremely emaciated,” Animal Control Officer Lynn Dellabianca told The Times in March. “One of the puppies was almost dead.”

Police were called to Main Street home after a report from a United Illuminating employee. The UI employee went to the home to shut off power for lack of payment. When he came to the door, he saw the female pit bull mix and noticed it looked starved and that the home smelled. When police went into the home they found animal feces everywhere and the emaciated mother and puppies. Police said they were later told police that the animals had been alone for about three weeks.

Charlotte Mines was set to appear in court today, Tuesday, May 13.

Deidra Mines, who was picked up Bridgeport Police on her warrant, is set to appear in court May 20. Her bond was set at $10,000.

The story has a happy ending for all the puppies and the mother. Trumbull Animal Group and TrumbullTimes.com posted adoption information for the animals back in November. More than 100 people submitted adoption requests. There was a huge outpouring of support and Ruby, the mother, and all eight puppies found permanent homes.

“We are hearing back from a few of the puppy owners and they are great and healthy,” Dellabianca told the Times in March. “Ruby is doing really well. She was having a hard time in the kennel but she’s found a great home now.”

Animal Control officials were worried in December that they would have to put Ruby down if she didn’t find a home, since the four year-old animal was self-injuring herself in the kennel. But she was adopted by someone with experience with pit bulls and is thriving, Dellabianca said.

Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible donation to Trumbull Animal Group (TAG), checks should be made out to Trumbull Animal Group (TAG) and mailed to Gail Marshall, President of TAG, 287 Booth Hill Road, Trumbull, CT 06611. Donations are tax-deductible.