Woman charged with animal cruelty after dead puppy found at home

An Ansonia woman was charged with leaving animals in unsanitary conditions and with little food on Friday.

Shelton Police served an arrest warrant to Charlotte D’Amico, 31, of 192 Wakelee Avenue, on Aug. 28, charging her with five counts of cruelty to animals.

The arrest stems from a complaint made to Shelton Animal Control in January regarding the welfare of animals at a residence on Soundview Avenue.

Police and animal control officers conducted an investigation and found two dogs and two cats that were living in unsanitary conditions without adequate food, water or heat, reports allege. Officers also found a dead puppy at the residence.

Police and animal control were able to determine that D’Amico used to live at the residence and she was responsible for the animals, reports allege. The residence was determined to be unoccupied at the time of the investigation. The animals were signed over to the animal shelter in January.

The two dogs and one cat were adopted immediately after being signed over to the animal shelter. The second cat was adopted after recovering from multiple surgeries.

D’Amico posted a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Derby Superior Court on Sept. 11.