The owner of a pet dog seized by the authorities 8 months ago in Colchester, CT, has reported a verbal warning from a concerned police official who is related to the case; the officer allegedly threatened her to stay quiet about the case.
A Facebook post by The Lexus Project, the non-profit representing the dog in court, says that the owner of the dog feels threatened because the police have told her not to go public with this case as it would be in her best interest.
Stella along with her canine companion Tazzy was seized by the authorities in December 2011 after cops raided their house over breach of peace complaint and physically handled the owner. One of the dogs came to defend their owner which made the police turn on the dogs and soon after the incident, both dogs were seized by the animal control. While Tazzy was released a few months ago, Stella has been kept caged and moved to some undisclosed location by the police. Tazzy upon his release was also reportedly in poor condition as if had been subject to abuse or neglect in captivity. The owner has not been allowed to see her dog since Stella was taken captive despite one called Sgt. Petruzzi writing to people that the dog was allowed visitation.
The Lexus Project wrote that there is a hearing in the Federal Court scheduled for Tuesday seeking an order releasing Stella from the abuse she is suffering at the hands of the Colchester Pound. It tells that besides the specific dogs, they are seeking to end the illegal detention of all dogs being held for months on end waiting for constitutionally mandated hearings that the State of Connecticut intentionally delays for unreasonable amounts of time.
For updates on this case, follow the Facebook page Save Stella and Tazzy.