Fairfield PD working on terms of animal cruelty suspect’s surrender
FAIRFIELD — The president of a rehabilitation nonprofit for pit bull dogs faces charges of animal cruelty after the remains of five dogs were found in crates in her Fairfield home.
Lt. Robert Kalamaras said Fairfield police have an arrest warrant for Heidi E. Lueders, 31, of Prince Street, charging her with five counts of animal cruelty and first-degree criminal damage to landlord’s property by a tenant.
The arrest warrant was completed Thursday, Kalamaras said. A Bridgeport Superior Court judge set the bond at $50,000.
“The Fairfield Police Detective Bureau is currently coordinating the terms of her surrender,” Kalamaras said.
“After recognizing the address, we all immediately began cooperating with local police and detectives,” said a statement from the organization’s Vice President Chris Antolini on Bully Breed Rescue’s main webpage. “It is with great sadness that we confirm all five dogs on Prince Street were dogs from Bully Breed Rescue, Inc., under the care of President Heidi Lueders.”
According to Antolini’s statement, Lueders told the group she sent four of the dogs to a sanctuary and another dog to a foster home that she was supposedly monitoring. The statement said she had the dogs for the last seven months.
“None of these dogs were known to be within the residence of Prince Street,” Antolini said, adding that the organization was cooperating with police.
On Nov. 14, police responded to a home in the 30 block of Prince Street for a report of animal cruelty from the landlord of the property who found animal remains inside the home. The officers that responded found the remains of five dogs in crates at the home.
Fairfield Animal Control and detectives took over the investigation.
“The conditions inside the home were pretty deplorable with dog feces throughout the entire house,” he said earlier in the month. “The smell inside the place was pretty bad because of that and the state of decomposition of the animals’ bodies.”