Fairfield Man Charged With Animal Cruelty In Puppy's Death

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Fairfield resident Gerard Kennelly. Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield police charged a local man Thursday, Dec. 12, after he was accused of kicking a 22-week-old female puppy causing severe brain damage leading to her being euthanized in February.

According to the police report, 58-year-old Gerard Kennelly's fiancée brought the Yorkie-Poo to the Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center on Feb. 25 after the puppy sustained severe head trauma.

The veterinarian contacted Fairfield police after the puppy had to be euthanized to report the animal cruelty, saying that the woman said that her fiance, later named as Kennelly, had kicked the puppy across the room hitting it's head on the wall.

An arrest warrant was applied for and granted after medical records were gained. 

Kennelly contacted police on Nov. 12 to report that his brother had stolen $2 million from him several years ago, but could not provide any paperwork to prove the statement.

Shortly afterward, the officers determined that there was a warrant for his arrest on the animal cruelty charge in Fairfield and an active warrant for his arrest in Westport on an unrelated charge. He was charged with animal cruelty and released on a $2,500 bond and given a court date of Dec. 20.

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