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Claremont man cited in case of abandoned dog in Windsor

  • Windsor police are looking for the owner of this dog, which is described as likely being a border collie/great Pyrenees mix. (photo courtesy Windsor Police)

Staff report
Published: 7/11/2019 1:36:26 PM
Modified: 7/11/2019 10:37:12 PM

WINDSOR — A 51-year-old Claremont man has been cited into court on an animal cruelty charge related to the abandonment of a dog at a Cumberland Farms on Route 5 in Windsor, according to Windsor police.

John Denaro was cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court after police said they had “identified the subject who abandoned the dog at the Cumberland Farms,” according to a Windsor police Facebook post on Thursday.

Police on Tuesday had asked the public for help after someone driving an older-style Jeep let the dog out and then drove away Monday morning.

A veterinarian said the dog, which was identified as a possible border collie/Great Pyrenees mix, was in “poor health” and had recently given birth to puppies, police reported at the time. The dog was taken to Lost My Way Animal Shelter in Claremont.

On Thursday, Cathy Sullivan, president and owner of the shelter, said the dog, which she is calling Angel, was doing better, and that her temperature had dropped from 103 to 101 degrees, which is the normal range for dogs.

“We’re getting her spayed next Thursday, and we hope to have her up and running,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan said the dog’s owner is related to Denaro and signed a “surrender form” to the shelter. Sullivan said Angel had been living in Arkansas before being brought recently to the Claremont area, adding that she was told the puppies had been sold down south.

She said Angel also had a skin issue and Lyme disease, which hasn’t been treated yet, pending the spaying.

“We’re just getting her better,” said Sullivan, who noted that Angel ultimately would be available for adoption.

Sullivan said this is not a rare event for her shelter.

“We do get a lot of strays,” she said. “We have two others that were abandoned in Weathersfield on Route 131. Some run away, but we are thinking these two were dumped (about two weeks ago.)”

Denaro could not be reached for comment.

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