Norwalk woman charged with animal cruelty

Norwalk police cruiser (file).

NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) — A Norwalk woman has been arrested after police found animals living in “deplorable conditions.”

Norwalk police say on Friday, the fire department called officers, along with the Norwalk Animal Control and Health Department, to a home on Ohio Avenue. Firefighters responded to a call for a broken water pipe and flooding in the house. When they arrived, they found a dog living in the home, which they said was in “deplorable condition.”

While Animal Control was investigating, the owner of the home, 26-year-old Amanda Calabrese, arrived. Police say she had not checked on the dog or a cat, which was not found, in two weeks, but she told them she had someone checking on the animals for her.

Officials say there was no water or food found and the floors were covered in animal feces and urine.

Animal Control determined the home was unfit for the animals. The animals were surrendered to an Animal Officer on scene.

Calabrese was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. She is due in court on January 20.

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