Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Pets
  3. Pet Rescue

Nick of Time pet rescue owner facing charges of animal cruelty and neglect

See also

An undercover sting operation on Saturday in Madison conducted by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture led to the arrest of a Grovetown, Ga. woman after numerous complaints from consumers in Connecticut and Rhode Island about sick pets reported Tuesday's New Haven Register.

Donna Lee Carswell, 64, the owner of Nick of Time pet rescue has been charged with 28 counts related to animal cruelty and running an illegal pet operation.

Connecticut Commissioner Steven K. Revickzy's statement included the following:

"After receiving complaints from consumers and the Rhode Island state veterinarian that Ms. Carswell was placing sick animals into adoptions with Connecticut and Rhode Island residents through her Nick of Time rescue business, the Department of Agriculture’s animal control unit conducted a sting operation with the assistance of Madison police and animal control officers."

There were ten cats and two dogs seized in a parking lot by authorities. The animals had been transported in filthy enclosures filled with feces and urine. Two cats were so ill they had to be humanely euthanized.

The other pets are now under veterinarian care and are expected to recover and will be eligible for adoption.

"It is our goal to eradicate the needless suffering of innocent pets, as well as the severe emotional and financial hardship their new families inevitably face after unknowingly adopting seriously ill animals," stated Commissioner Revickzy.

Carswell is scheduled to appear in New Haven Superior Court on Feb. 4.

There have been no notices or updated information about the arrest on the Facebook page of the organization.

If you would like to continue receiving the latest news on pet issues and how we can help those who cannot speak, please click the "Subscribe" icon.

Follow the National Pet Rescue Examiner on Facebook by clicking here. Please visit and "like" my page. You are welcome to submit story ideas by contacting me at



  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Sunken Ferry

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!