Dog remains found in nonprofit head’s home, rescue group says
FAIRFIELD — Bully Breed Rescue, a New Canaan-based nonprofit, aims to help rehabilitate and find homes for pit bull dogs.
Last Wednesday, however, Fairfield Animal Control and detectives found “canine remains” in a Prince Street residence where, according to Bully Breed Rescue, its president resided and was housing five dogs.
“After recognizing the address, we all immediately began cooperating with local police and detectives,” a statement from the organization’s Vice President Chris Antolini reads on Bully Breed Rescue’s main webpage.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm all five dogs on Prince Street were dogs of Bully Breed Rescue, Inc. under the care of President Heidi Lueders,” Antolini wrote.
Kalamaras said police responded when the landlord of the property found the remains inside the residence. Police, who took pictures of the scene, described the pungent odor that permeated the Prince Street residence.
“The remains, for the most part, were just bones,” Lt. Robert Kalamaras said. “The conditions inside the home were pretty deplorable with dog feces throughout the entire house. The smell inside the place was pretty bad because of that and the state of decomposition of the animals’ bodies.”
According to the nonprofit’s statement, Lueders had told the group for the last seven months that she had sent four of the dogs to a sanctuary and another dog to a foster that she was supposedly monitoring.
“None of these dogs were known to be within the residence of Prince Street. At this time, all information we have has been provided to the police. We will continue cooperating with the investigation and anything that is needed to help find justice for our dogs,” Antolini wrote.
Bully Breed Rescue social media websites, linked to on the main page, were not displaying as of Monday afternoon.
Police are actively working on the case, and Kalamaras said they are expecting to apply for an arrest warrant sometime next week.
Police would not identify the suspect as it is an ongoing investigation, but confirmed they are working with Bully Breed Rescue.
“We have probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant for the suspect, but we’re doing our due diligence and gathering other information before applying for one,” Kalamaras said.
Includes previous reporting from Luther Turmelle; firstname.lastname@example.org