DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) — Police identified the suspects involved in an animal cruelty case in Derby.

Police said the dog’s owners, 28-year-old Stranja Perrin and 27-year-old Anthony Singletary, recently became homeless and living in their car with two children.

CREDIT: Derby Police Department

Surveillance video from Coon Hollow Park on Nutmeg Avenue shows their car in the area one hour before Perrin called to report the injured dog around 2 a.m. Friday.

Ten shell casings at the scene were consistent with ammunition from two 9mm handguns Perrin legally had in her possession after the shooting.

The dog, which suffered gunshot wounds to his front leg and shoulder, underwent surgery. One leg was amputated because of how severe the injury was, but the good news is that he’s now up and walking.
Animal control is working toward placing him in foster care, police said.

A GoFundMe page set up to help offset the expense of surgery has already raised more than$14,400.

The injured German Shepherd. Photo courtesy Lt. Justin Stanko / Derby Police Department
Photo provided by Derby PD.

Perrin and Singletary each face charges of conspiracy to commit cruelty to animals, first-degree conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment, and two counts of risk of injury.

Perrin is also charged with conspiracy to commit unlawful discharge of a firearm. She is being held on a $100,000 bond. Singletary also faces criminal possession of a firearm charge. He is being held on a $150,000 bond. Both are due in court on April 7.

As of May 28, Derby has gained custody of Thunda. Neither Perrin or Singletary attended the custody hearing, according to law enforcement officials.

Animal Control will now be able to move forward with long-term arrangements and continued care for the German shepherd. Anyone wondering about Thunda’s future plans are instructed to call Shelton Animal Control at (203) 924-2501.