WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) -- A former Wolcott animal control officer is being accused of spraying one dog with a hose and slamming another in a door. He is facing serious charges of animal abuse.
It didn't matter the question, 41-year-old Joseph Ouimet gave the same answer.
"I'm sorry, I can't give a comment," said Ouimet.
When asked if there is anything he wanted to say to animal lovers out there, he said, "I'm sorry I can't give a comment."
It's the first court appearance in Waterbury Superior Court for the former animal control officer. He's accused of abusing dogs.
Police planted a camera to catch him this summer, after they got a tip
They say it shows Ouimet spraying two dogs with a hose at the Town's Pound. Police say they have more video of him slamming a dog's head in a kennel door six times and spraying a dog in the face with Kennelcide, a chemical cleaning agent.
They will not release it.
"I got him," said Ouimet.
He waited for his friends outside of court. They handed him their Havanese, knowing cameras are rolling and he tried cuddling with the canine.
Friends say they support him and believe in his innocence. Others are not convinced.
"Unfortunately, these animals don't have a voice and I want to be the voice for them," said Regina Mucciaro, Wolcott. "They were abused for so long by the hands of this man."
He pleaded not guilty. Now, he's out on bond charged with 4 counts of animal cruelty and able to snuggle with pooches like Rocky.
"He's a phony and anyone who would allow him to even hold their dog he's got them fooled, but not the rest of us," said Mucciaro.
Ouimet is due back in court October 17th.
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