SOUTHINGTON - A local woman who, along with her son, is charged in an animal cruelty case has taken responsibility for the poor condition that her dog was found in last month, according to state prosecutors.
Police have charged Kyle Burleigh, 21, and his mother, Linda Burleigh, 45, of Plantsville, after the son brought the dog to the Southington Animal Control facility in June because it had difficulty walking, fur loss, scaly skin, an infection and other health issues.
During their arraignment Monday, in Bristol Superior Court, Ronald Dearstyne, state prosecutor, said Linda Burleigh has taken full responsibility for the poor condition of the dog and that her son had nothing to do with it. Dearstyne and Judge John Cronan recommended each defendant get their own lawyer, as one attorney representing both of them could present a conflict of interest issue.
Cronan added that he found the allegations “very disturbing.” Kyle and Linda Burleigh are due back in court on Aug. 16.
According to police, Kyle Burleigh brought the dog to in June to the Southington Animal Control facility and lied to officials there, saying he had found the animal six days prior.
Police then brought the dog to a veterinarian. The animal had a hard time walking, long nails to the point where it had bled, large skin tags on its underside, fur loss, scaly skin, chronically infected ears, masses hanging from the abdomen, some atrophy in the hind legs, and it smelled of a foul odor, police said.
At the vet, police said, it was discovered that the animal, named Knight, was owned by Linda Burleigh and was adopted in August 2010. The last record the vet had of treating Knight was in September 2010.
Kyle Burleigh admitted the dog was his mother’s after he was confronted with this information, according to police. He allowed an animal control officer into his home, where he admitted that dried blood on the carpet was a result of the dog’s ingrown nails.
The animal is receiving medical attention and his condition is improving, police said.
Kyle and Linda Burleigh, who have been freed without having to post bail, each face charges of animal cruelty, failure to vaccinate a dog and failure to license a dog. Kyle Burleigh also has been charged with one count of second-degree false statement.
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