The former animal control officer in Wolcott, Connecticut has made an appearance in court, pleading not guilty to animal cruelty charges. Joseph Ouimet, 41, is accused of abusing the dogs in his care and subjecting them to unacceptable living conditions.
When residents and workers filed several reports of animal mistreatment with the Wolcott Police Department about the treatment and conditions at the town kennel, a concealed camera was installed in May.
Police Chief Eddie Stephens told Ouimet early this year that someone was taking a look around the kennels to install a camera.
At first, only the lack of cleanliness – dirty cages and unclean water bowls – was found. Then mistreatment began to be recorded including Ouimet spraying two dogs with water hoses, slamming a dog with the kennel door several times and spraying another dog in the face with a concentrated cleaning agent.
Stephens said, "I was appalled when I saw what was going on there. I was appalled. It was disgusting."
In July Ouimet, the town attorney and the police chief met about the matter of animal abuse by Ouimet. On July 16, Ouimet officially resigned his position as animal control officer in the town of Wolcott. He has refused to make any comment to reporters.
An adjacent town’s animal control officer, Roslyn Nenninger, has taken over the care and upkeep of the Wolcott Dog Pound. The facilities in Plymouth and Wolcott have been merged under her supervision.
All of the dogs from the Wolcott Pound have been adopted into good homes.
Ouimet is expected back in court on October 17.
Also view this recent video and read more of Ouimet in this WFSB story
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