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Connecticut man charged with animal cruelty after kicked puppy dies

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A 58-year-old, Fairfield, Conn., man has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly kicking a tiny puppy, causing severe injuries which resulted in the puppy's death, reported Friday's Fairfield Daily Voice.

Gerard Kennelly is accused of kicking a 22-week-old "Yorkie-poo" across a room and into a wall this past February; the injury to the puppy's head caused severe neurological damage which led her veterinarian to determine that humane euthanasia was the only option.

A statement from Kennelly's fiance, about Kennelly "angrily kicking the puppy," tipped off the veterinarian to Kennelly's alleged abuse; the veterinarian reported the incident to the Fairfield police.

Kennelly had been in touch with the authorities shortly before his arrest, for an entirely different matter; he claimed that his brother had stolen $2 million from him years ago. Officials have determined that Kennelly did not have any proof that his allegations about the theft were true.

Kennelly's contact with the authorities tipped them off to an outstanding warrant for his arrest for the animal cruelty charge, as well as another warrant, for another charge, out of Westport; he was arrested shortly thereafter.

The alleged animal abuser was arrested and then released on a $2,500 bond; he is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 20.

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