Animal cruelty charges filed after crocodile monitor is discovered in New Britain apartment

Hartford

A woman is facing animal cruelty charges after authorities found two malnourished dogs and a crocodile monitor inside of a New Britain apartment.

According to officials, on June 19th, 2018, police responded to an apartment at 322 Chestnut Street after receiving a report of a foul odor and flies coming from one of the units.

Once inside, authorities located a crocodile monitor measuring approximately four-and-a-half feet. The lizard is a prohibited species for personal ownership within Connecticut.

In another room, officers found two “extremely thin” dogs.

Police said the apartment was filthy, smelled of urine and had feces throughout the unit. The temperature inside of the apartment was extremely hot and there were no fans or air conditioning for the animals.

Authorities said no one was found to be living at the residence and the animals were seized after officers obtained a warrant.

Police said 26-year-old Eileen Rodriguez was identified as the renter of the apartment. Her boyfriend, 33-year-old Carlos Colon, was allegedly believed to be harboring the animal.

Colon was arrested on Nov. 21st and charged with three counts of cruelty to animals.

On Tuesday, Rodriguez was charged with two counts of cruelty to animals and illegal possession of prohibited species without a permit. She appeared in court that same day.

Rodriguez relinquished ownership of the dogs and the crocodile monitor was turned over to the Connecticut Environmental Police.

Police said the crocodile monitor was then brought to a santuary in Massachusetts and that its black market value is approximately $15,000.

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