NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A New Haven woman was charged with animal cruelty after an investigation into social media videos allegedly showing puppies being abused.
Police say that on Sunday, officers responded to a Sherman Avenue home at around 8 p.m. after receiving an anonymous complaint of puppies being thrown, kicked up stairs, and abused in multiple social media videos.
After an investigation, Anizya Elliott, 25, of New Haven was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals. She was later released after posting a $10,000 bond but is expected to appear in court on Friday, May 17.
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But neighbors back on Sherman Avenue are shaken by what they saw and did not want to go on camera.
“Threw some of them into the stairs … threw one of them across the yard. She kicked them too and was hitting them with a hanger…I was very concerned, and it upset me because how could you do that to such a poor helpless little animal?”
Officers seized two 6-month-old puppies from the home and transported them to the Robin I. Kroogman New Haven Animal Shelter. The shelter director says that the dogs remain in the care of shelter staff and that no major injuries were reported.
Officers with the Animal Control Unit for the city say they want this message loud and clear: animal abuse is not OK and is a punishable crime.
Municipal Animal Control Officer for the City of New Haven Joseph Manganiello explained, “Pet ownership is a big responsibility, so I mean when you’re taking on pet ownership, you are the parent of that animals…If you’re looking to train a dog, there are ways to do it without inflicting any physical pain. Especially if it’s a puppy, showing them right from wrong and rewarding them for good things – and time outs if it’s doing something bad – but that’s totally different than physically abusing an animal.”