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

Two of the cats being transported were euthanized because of serious respiratory illness.
Two of the cats being transported were euthanized because of serious respiratory illness.
Madison Police Department

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.

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