Trumbull woman arrested for animal cruelty to mother, pups

A Trumbull woman faces nine counts of animal cruelty charges for neglecting and abandoning a female pit bull mix and her eight puppies, allegedly leaving the animals to starve.

Police arrested Charlotte Mines, 28, of 5242 Main St. last Thursday, on a warrant for animal cruelty charges stemming from an incident last October, when police and the town’s animal control officer found the animals, malnourished and reportedly left for three weeks with no food or water.

“They were extremely emaciated,” Animal Control Officer Lynn Dellabianca said. “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 is scheduled to appear in court March 21. Dellabianca said police are also looking to bring charges against another family member involved in the case.

The story has a happy ending for all the puppies and the mother. Trumbull Animal Group and 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 said. “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.