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Crime & Punishment: Woman Accused of Sodomizing Her Dog With a Candle
Sick, Sad World: Dawn Dempsey of Waterbury was arrested on animal cruelty charges after veterinarians found that her beagle, Riley, had been sodomized with a candle. The dog died from the injuries while in their care, before they could even euthanize him. Dempsey, 38, told WTNH that the act was committed by her brother, an ex-con who lived with her. "I am not guilty of even knowing about this," she said, adding, "Holy crap." Police suspect her of wrongdoing because she lied at the Mattatuck Veterinary Hospital, claiming Riley was a stray. (Dempsey said she did it because she couldn't afford veterinary care.) Though the brother has not been arrested, police say their investigation continues. An animal cruelty conviction can lead to a $1,000 fine and a year in prison.
By Nick Keppler
October 30, 2012