WINSTED, Conn. (WTNH) — A fourth person was arrested in an animal cruelty case in Winsted, facing 106 counts of animal cruelty after “numerous” cats were found in a home.
The Winchester Police Department arrested 28-year-old Lee Manzone of Torrington. Manzone was arrested and charged with 106 counts of cruelty of animals, as well as two counts of risk of injury to a minor.
He is due in court November 28.
Manzone’s arrest follows three previous arrests — James Thomen Sr., 61, Laura Thomen, 53, and Marissa O’Brien, 30 — on Oct. 19. James and Laura Thomen, as well as O’Brien, all face the same charges as Manzone.
The investigation began on June 13 when Winchester police received an anonymous phone call about a sick cat at a home on Moore Avenue in Winsted.
Police and animal control officers responded and noticed a strong odor of urine. Investigators said. Eight people lived in the home, including a 6-year-old and a 10-year-old.
Police contacted the state Department of Children and Families because of the children’s living conditions. They were immediately removed from the home and placed with other relatives, police said.