The Wolcott police department in CT runs the local pound. After shelter workers and citizens complained that the animals were being mistreated by Joseph Ouimet, the town’s ACO, the police chief advised Mr. Ouimet that a camera was being installed at the facility. This is the point when a smart animal abuser would have thought, “Well all that previous abuse was a freebie but now I’ve got to find a new place to hurt pets so I don’t get caught.” Joseph Ouimet is not a smart animal abuser. He reportedly kept right on hurting pets at the pound and it’s all on video.
From May 5 to July 10, Mr. Ouimet allegedly failed to properly clean cages and bowls, sprayed caged dogs with the hose, used the cage doors to slam dogs repeatedly, and sprayed dogs in the face with a cleaning chemical. None of the video containing those actions has been publicly released but there is a snippet of the following:
In video released to Eyewitness news, you can see Ouimet taunting one of the dogs with food while feeding the other animals. Finally, he throws the food over the top of the cage and onto the dirty floor around the dog.
In July, the police chief and town attorney met with Mr. Ouimet to advise him they would be investigating what was seen on the video. He quit. Mr. Ouimet was arrested last week and charged with 4 counts of animal cruelty. He is due to appear in court on September 6.
Wolcott has since merged its pound with another town and it’s being run by someone new. The dogs reportedly harmed by Mr. Ouimet have been adopted.
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)