Police said they arrested a New Britain woman Monday, three months after one of her 20 flea-ridden dogs attacked four family members, including two children.
Officers and firefighters had to help family members out a bedroom window of the apartment during the October dog attack, police said. One of the dogs was found dead.
Jessica DePaolis, 37, of Fairview Street, was arrested on a warrant charging her with 20 counts of cruelty to animals and 2 counts of risk of injury to a minor. Her other charges include first-degree reckless endangerment and violation of kennel licensing/inspection requirements, police said.
She also was charged with third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and risk of injury to a minor, according to police and court documents. Police said those charges are separate from the October dog attack, but they did not elaborate.According to police, on Oct. 23, officers were sent to DePaolis’ first-floor apartment at 62 Fairview St., where a BULLDOG was attacking four people. Several family members had locked themselves in a bathroom to get away from the dog, and some escaped through a bedroom window.
The two most seriously injured family members — the children — were rushed to a hospital, police said.
The animal control officer who was able to get into the apartment and retrieve the bulldog encountered an “unsanitary” home with 20 flea-infested dogs — one of them dead. The dogs had not been provided “wholesome food, air and/or water,” police said.
DePaolis also lacked vet records for the dogs, according to police.She posted $40,000 bail for both cases after her arrest and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in New Britain on Feb. 8, court records show.
Police said the most aggressive dog was euthanized; the rest have been placed in other homes.