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San Diego Sets Mayoral Special Election Date


The San Diego City Council unanimously voted to hold the special mayoral election on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Mayor Bob Filner recently resigned amid sexual harassment allegations and his last day will be Friday. City Council President Todd Gloria will fulfill duties of the mayor and Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner will lead council meetings in place of Gloria until a new mayor is elected.

At least seven people have filed paperwork for candidacy, including former mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher. Other San Diego leaders, including Gloria and Councilmember Kevin Faulconer, have also considered running.

The estimated cost is roughly $6 million for a polls election, which was voted for instead of a mail election.

The mail election would cost half as much, but because the city hasn’t had one since 1981 there were too many unknowns to move forward with that option under the time constraints of the city charter, councilmembers said.

"It's a process we have to go through to ensure the people of San Diego have the opportunity to elect our new leader," Faulconer said.

The registrar’s office is now working to hire workers and sort out precinct polling locations.

"We're going to be it looks like recruiting approximately 2,500 poll workers and needing to solidify 600 polling places all within an 83 day time frame," said Michael Vu with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

There are roughly 500,000 registered voters in the City of San Diego, but it is unknown how many people will turn out to vote.

"The last time there was a special mayoral election was in 2005 and in that election there was approximately a 44 percent turnout," Vu said.

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Bridgeport Police Looking for Shooter


Bridgeport police are asking for help from the public to identify the man they think fired shots on Aug. 17.

Lt. William Bailey and Officer Gerald Lavin were in the 500 block of Trumbull Avenue when they saw a car pull up a block away. A man got out of the car and fired several shots before jumping back into the car and fleeing, police said.

The driver, later identified as Amelia Rhodes, of Bridgeport, sped off, almost hit the police cruiser and led police on a chase until crashing in the area of Chopsey Hill Road and Summit Street, police said.

When the crash happened, both people ran off, including the man who was still holding the gun, police said.

Officers Jeffrey Long, Jeremy Kelly and Adam Rozum responded to the area to search for the driver and located her after hearing branches breaking and a splash, police said. 

The officers waded waist-deep into a creek and saw the soles of two sneakers inside a concrete drainage pipe.

The officers ordered Rhodes to come out. She wiggled out and was arrested, police said.

No one was struck by the gunfire and the intended target has not come forward, police said, but investigators have an image of the person they believe fired those shots and they are trying to identify him. 

Anyone with information about the man is asked to call police at 203-581-5201 or 203-581-5206.

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Rim Fire Chars 192,500 Acres


After Sunday's devastating destruction of a popular Bay Area camp just outside of Yosemite, firefighters have been making steady progress on battling the Rim Fire just outside the national park.

Increasingly confident fire officials said they expect to fully surround the blaze in three weeks, although it will burn for much longer than that.

"We continue to get line around this fire," Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said. "It's not nearly as active as it was last week."

On Thursday, Cal Fire reported they had contained 30 percent of the fire, which had grown to 192,466 acres - or 300 square miles - becoming the state's 6th largest fire in state history. Four people have been injured, and the price tag is now at $39 million spent on fighting the wildfire.

MORE: Rim Fire Incident Command Page

Fire commanders from Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest service have been using a Predator drone to give them early views of any new flare-ups across in the remote and rugged landscape.

The California National Guard drone deployed Wednesday was being remotely piloted hundreds of miles away, allowing ground commanders to keep an eye out for new fires they otherwise wouldn't have immediately seen.

"The drone is providing data directly back to the incident commander, allowing him to make quick decisions about which resources to deploy and where," Berlant said.

Previously, officials relied on helicopters that needed to refuel every two hours.

While unmanned aircraft have mapped past fires, use of the Predator will be the longest sustained mission by a drone in California to broadcast information to firefighters in real time.

The plane, the size of a small Cessna, will remain over the burn zone for up to 22 hours at a time, allowing fire commanders to monitor fire activity, determine the fire's direction of movement, the extent of containment and confirm new fires ignited by lightning or flying embers.

The drone is being flown by the 163rd Wing of the California National Guard at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside and is operating from Victorville Airport, both in Southern California. It generally flew over unpopulated areas on its 300-mile flight to the Rim Fire. Outside the fire area, it will be escorted by a manned aircraft.

Officials were careful to point out the images are being used only to aid in the effort to contain the fire.

Click here to see a time lapse video of the Rim Fire by Yosemite National Park:

In 2009 a NASA Predator equipped with an infrared imaging sensor helped the U.S. Forest Service assess damage from a fire in Angeles National Forest. In 2008, a drone capable of detecting hot spots helped firefighters assess movement of a series of wildfires stretching from Southern California's Lake Arrowhead to San Diego.

The Rim Fire had been the 7th largest fire in history, until it edged out the Klamath Theater Complex fire in Sikiyou County, which burned 192,038 acres in June 2008 when lightning struck, according to a Cal Fire chart.

The Rim Fire fire has been raging in the heart of the Stanislaus National Forest since Aug. 17, and investigators still haven't announced what sparked it.

A total of 5,500 structures still remained threatened, and so far, 111 buildings were damaged - 11 of them were homes, despite earlier reports that 31 homes had burned. Nearly 5,000 firefighters have now been called in to battle the blaze.

The biggest loss was the complete destruction of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp, a family camp run by the city of Berkeley since 1922. Friends of the camp set up a Facebook page to collect old photos of good times at the camp. As of Thursday, the Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp Photo Memorial had 1,732 friends.

The other camps in the area, including San Jose Family Camp, San Francisco's Camp Mather and Camp Tawonga were evacuated safely shortly after the fire broke out.


 Associated Press writers Brian Skoloff, Tracie Cone and Scott Sonner contributed to this report.

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Free Gas in Middletown


A credit union in Middletown is providing free gas until 11 a.m. today. 

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., employees from Seasons Federal Credit Union are pumping gas at On The Go, located at 619 Saybrook Road, Middletown and gas will be free to the first 200 people.

The catch is that they will be talking to customers about why they should consider banking with a community bank or credit union.

According to the bank, this is part of a nationwide “Take Back Your Banking” initiative and Seasons Federal Credit Union is one of around 40 community banks and credit unions across the country doing this today. Other cities include Atlanta; Dallas; Phoenix; St. Paul; and Portland, Oregon.

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Motorcyclist Badly Injured in Route 4 Crash


A 50-year-old Burlington suffered serious head and leg injuries in a crash on Route 4 in Farmington yesterday.

Police responded to a crash involving a car and a motorcycle the area of 373 Collinsville Road, or Route 4, at 3:50 p.m. yesterday.

The motorcycle driver, Brian Donahue, suffered serious injuries to his head and legs, police said.

Tunxis Hose Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, and UConn paramedics responded and treated him at the scene before an ambulance transported him to Hartford Hospital. 

The driver of the other vehicle, Maria Arcari, 73, of Newington, was not injured in the crash. 

The North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Squad is investigating the crash. 

Any witnesses or people with information about the crash should call the Farmington Police Department at 860-675-2400. 

Dramatic Photos: Syria's Civil War


The 2011 uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad gradually turned into a full-scale civil war, which killed nearly 100,000 and displaced millions of others. Now an imminent U.S. strike on Syrian forces targets in response to the alleged gassing of hundreds of civilians near Damascus has the potential to draw the United States into the country’s bloody conflict.

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South Miami Man Pleads Not Guilty in Facebook Killing


The South Miami man accused of killing his wife and posting a photo of her body on Facebook appeared in a Miami-Dade courtroom Thursday where he was formally arraigned.

Derek Medina, 31, had initially been charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 8 shooting death of 26-year-old Jennifer Alfonso.

But on Thursday, that charge was reduced to second-degree murder, though it could still be a first-degree murder charge when the Miami-Dade grand jury meets next month.

"A prosecutor has the ability to file any charge he wants if he deems that he has a good faith basis except for first-degree murder," said Medina's attorney, Saam Zangench. "For them to get a first-degree murder indictment, they have to go in front of a grand jury and the grand jury is unavailable until September. So while second-degree murder is charged, it doesn't preclude the prosecution from amending the charges later."

Prosecutors also charged Medina with shooting a deadly missile and child neglect without great bodily harm.

Medina pleaded not guilty to the murder and child neglect charges but didn't enter a plea for the shooting a deadly missile charge. His trial date was also scheduled for Nov. 4.

VIDEO: Father Speaks About South Miami Woman's Death

Family members of Alfonso and Medina attended the Thursday hearing but didn't comment.

Police said Medina and Alfonso were fighting in their townhome when he claims she pulled a knife on him. Medina, armed with a pistol, shot Alfonso six or eight times because she was punching him, Medina told police.

According to a police search warrant, Medina admitted to posting the photo and an admission on his Facebook page before he surrendered to police.

Search Warrant Shows New Details in Alleged Facebook Killing

"Im going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys miss you guys take care Facebook people you will see me in the news," he wrote. "My wife was punching me and I am not going to stand anymore with the abuse so I did what I did I hope u understand me."

Alfonso's 10-year-old daughter was home during the murder but wasn't harmed, officials said.

Medina, who is being held without bond, will be back in court on Oct. 24 for a status hearing.

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Torrington Road Washed Away by Heavy Rain


Cleanup is underway in Torrington after heavy rains led caused a big mess.  At least one residential road was washed out, and several homes were flooded.
 Cell phone video captured water as it gushed out of Harpswell Street near Downtown Torrington, after 3 weeks’ worth of rain fell in just a few hours.
“Absolutely unbelievable,” said Joe Salvati.  It was too much for the storm pipe to handle.  The force underground was so strong, it tore off a manhole cover.  All that water rushed through the roadway, and caused it to cave in. “I can’t get out of my house, I can’t get into my house now my neighbor can’t get out of her house either,” Salvati explained.
That water raced downhill, and flooded a handful of homes on Tioga Street just yards away.

“I looked up the hill you could see water shooting up 4 feet in the air,” said Ron Fondo.  His place was right in its path.  He snapped several pictures that showed his property submerged in water minutes later. 

His driveway ended up buckling. “It was going on the deck, it was cascading over the deck, going through here it flooded out the people behind us…it was just like a river,” Fondo added.
Neighbors said  the same pipe caused problems on this street during the last few storms, and they claimed they begged the town for help.

“The town's response initially was we will get to it when we can,” Joe Salvati said.
The Public Works Director told NBC Connecticut, he knew the storm pipe was an issue, and said engineers were looking for an issue.  He hoped to have some answers in the next few weeks.
Meanwhile people who live here said they needed something to change before this happens again. “A bunch of us are going to the town tomorrow and demand them to do something proactive rather than just wait for the rest of our street to get washed away,” Salvati added.
Workers planned to be on Harpswell Street on Thursday to fix the roadway so it is safe to drive on.

Woman to Be Sentenced Next Month for Sandy Hook Fraud


A Bronx woman who pleaded guilty in June to charges she fraudulently collected money in the name one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting will be sentenced next month.

Nouel Alba, 37, entered the plea in Bridgeport Federal Court.

The day of the shooting, Alba set up a Facebook page claiming to be the aunt of 6-year-old shooting victim Noah Pozner. The next day she started collecting money, she said, to help pay for Pozner's funeral expenses, according to prosecutors. One day later, Alba sent an email to the Sandy Hook PTA asking for donations.

Alba was indicted in May.

Alba admitted she is not related to Pozner and admitted to the scheme. She accepted a plea deal that could give her up to six months in jail if the federal prosecutors don't ask for a longer sentence. The charges of wire fraud and making a false statement carry a maximum of 25 years in prison.

She will be sentenced in federal court in Hartford on Sept. 27 at 3:30 p.m.

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Internet Cat Star Colonel Meow Is Now Guinness World Record Holder


Here is some news that might bring a smile to Colonel Meow's smug mug.

The famous Internet feline has landed a spot in the Guinness World Records for the "cat with the longest fur."

The two-year-old Himalayan-Persian cross-breed addressed his 181,000 Facebook followers on Wednesday to share the good news.

"Yes, minions, it is true," he said on Facebook. "Your great and humble leader is now officially a WORLD RECORD HOLDER."

The Colonel has fur that reaches 9 inches and he will be featured in the Guinness World Records 2014 book, accord to the Guinness website. The cat became an Internet star this year after his owners, Anne Marie Avey and Eric Rosario, began posting photos of him with his now-famous long hair and funny scowl.

In addition to Facebook, Colonel Meow also has his own TumblrTwitter and Instagram accounts.

"He's an incredible creature and he'll undoubtedly inspired people all around the world to whip out their rulers and start measuring their own cat's fur," said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday.

Colonel Meow, however, will not be resting on his laurels.

"Today it's the longest fur. Tomorrow it's largest kingdom," he said on Facebook.


Photo Credit: Guinness World Records

Kittens Run onto Subway Tracks, Trains Shut Down


Two kittens ran onto subway tracks in Brooklyn Thursday, and the MTA halted trains on two lines for about an hour as workers in reflective vests tried to corral the felines, witnesses and officials said. 

But as it turns out, NBC 4 New York can confirm that herding cats is a difficult feat.

Video obtained by NBC 4 New York shows the kittens -- one black, one white with gray stripes -- racing up and down the tracks near the third rail, darting around empty bottles and other debris, at the B/Q Church Avenue station in Prospect Lefferts Gardens around midday.

It wasn't known if the kittens were strays or pets. 

The MTA shut off power to the area so workers could go down and try to coax the kittens into carrying cases.

People waiting for their trains offered to help, but the MTA said they couldn't because of safety concerns, witnesses said. 

Power was restored and trains began moving again, but the kittens remained on the tracks as trains passed by.

Kalina Roberts said she had been waiting for the trains to start moving for about an hour. In the meantime, she watched the kittens run back and forth. She wasn't sure they would ever be caught. 

"The man's like, 'Come here kittens ... and like, he's scaring the cat so they're not going to come out," said Roberts, who was headed to Coney Island.


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Route 132 in Woodbury Closed


Route 132 is closed down in Woodbury because of a crash, police said.

Police did not have information on which part of the road is closed, but the Republican American reports that there was a two-car head-on crash just past Route 47.

An NBC Connecticut crew is on the way to the scene.

More information will be posted once it becomes available.

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WATCH: Panda Cub Demands Attention From Mom


Pandas: They're just like us.

Okay, maybe they don't have jobs or car insurance bills. But the National Zoo's giant panda mom is plenty familiar with hearing a baby's demanding cries in the middle of the night.

The zoo released panda cam footage of Mei Xiang briefly ignoring her 6-day-old cub around 3:37 a.m. Thursday. But the cub decided that personal time for Mama simply wasn't acceptable.

Upon being placed alone on the ground, the cub began violently shaking its head back and forth, and squawking repeatedly -- and loudly. Zookeepers noted that the little one has "a great set of lungs."

All in all, the cub was alone for just 25 seconds before its devoted mom picked it up again.

The view of the cub -- who's rarely left Mei Xiang's arms since its birth Friday -- was reassuring for zookeepers, who have only been able to examine it once so far.

"The tiny cub has a round belly, which indicates that it is nursing well," zoo staff noted.

The sex of the cub remains unknown.

A second exam attempt was thwarted by a protective Mei Xiang earlier this week. Instead, keepers are monitoring Mei and the cub from afar.

"They will allow Mei Xiang's behaviors [to] direct how they access the cub," the zoo said. "All visual indications tell animal care staff that both bears are thriving."

The zoo said Mei is "very aware" when keepers enter her den space to offer her food. She drank 56 ounces of diluted apple juice Thursday, which keepers say is a good sign. Giant pandas don't eat or drink much immediately following a birth.

The cub was born late Friday afternoon, about two hours after Mei unexpectedly went into labor. Mei Xiang also delivered a stillborn, malformed twin the following day.

Although the zoo had been keeping her on a 24-hour pregnancy watch, it had been unclear whether Mei was actually pregnant or was just experiencing a false pregnancy.

She's had two previous deliveries.

A female cub was born last September, but lived only a week. In July 2005, Mei gave birth to the male Tai Shan, who was sent to join a breeding program China in 2010.


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Marathon Tightens Security in Wake of Boston Bombings


The first major U.S. city to host a marathon since the Boston bombings is implementing the tightest security in its race's history.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon organizers and city of Chicago officials confirmed security changes for the Oct. 13 race, which annually draws 45,000 participants and 1.7 million spectators.

This year, the race's start and finish line areas will be locked down to anyone without proper credentials or event-issued bib numbers. Similar to past years, general spectators also won't have access to these areas, marathon organizers said.

"A lot of these policies were in place already," Carey Pinkowski, executive race director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, told NBC 5 Chicago. "What we've done is enhance them."

Everyone entering Grant Park, where the race begins and ends, must pass through four designated security and bag screening checkpoints off Michigan Avenue.

Spectators are urged to support runners from other parts of the course, where random bag checks also will take place. Friends and family can meet runners after 9 a.m. at the designated Runner Reunite Area in Grant Park’s Butler Field.

Runners can only bring a clear, plastic event-issued participant bag with them into the park on race day. Organizers said the participant bag is the only one that will be accepted at designated Gear Check tents.

Participants also are advised to wear their event-issued bib number as they enter Grant Park, and spectators "are strongly discouraged" from carrying bags.

“Chicago has a strong record of successfully and safely hosting large-scale events that attract hundreds of thousands of people,” Gary Schenkel, executive director of the Office and Emergency Management and Communication, said. “We are working with race organizers and City departments to implement common sense measures that ensure a safe event for participants, spectators and businesses along the route.”

Another change this year, runners must pick up their own Participant Packets at the Health & Fitness Expo and can no longer pick up packets on behalf of others.

"For our organization and staff and the people involved in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Boston Marathon will be in our consciousness, in our hearts, top of mind," Pinkowski said, "but we have absolute and complete confidence in the city of Chicago, the Chicago Police Department, the city agencies that play such an important role to produce and deliver a safe, secure and memorable race day."

City officials and marathon organizers said they are beginning outreach efforts to race participants, volunteers and fans from around the world to inform the public about these updates.

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Two Teens Killed, One Hurt in Fiery Hartford Crash


Two teens were killed and another person was injured in a fiery one-car crash in Hartford just after midnight on Thursday.

Police have not yet released the names of the teens, but said the driver, an 18-year-old man, and a 15-year old girl who was in the front seat were killed.

The girl was a student at Connecticut River Academy at Goodwin College, according to a statement the school sent.

"We just welcomed her to our school community yesterday. We have offered our support to students and teachers who have been impacted by this sad news and we will continue to offer support and counsel to anyone who needs it tomorrow. At this time, we do not know any facts surrounding the accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends, as well as the other student,” the school said in a statement.

Investigators said they are waiting on dental records or DNA confirmation to release the names.

The 17-year-old boy who was a passenger in the back seat is expected to survive.

Investigators said the car hit a vacant brick building at Albany Avenue and Main Street and burst into flames.

Witnesses told police the silver Infiniti sedan had been speeding down Main Street and lost control before the crash. Moments later, the vehicle burst into flames.

The two teens who died were in the front seats, police said.  

Whether the teen who survived was able to free himself from the wreckage before the car fire, or whether witnesses pulled him from the car is not known, according to police.

He was transported to St. Francis Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Connecticut Light & Power responded and turned off power to the box near the crash scene.



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Glastonbury Teen Missing for More Than a Week


Police are asking for help from the public to find a 13-year-old Glastonbury girl who has been missing for more than a week.

Police said Eligia Rodriguez ran away from home and has been missing since August 21.

A Silver Alert was issued on that date and Eligia was last seen around two days ago in the East Hartford area, police said.

They think she is still in the East Hartford/ Hartford area.

Eligia is listed as endangered and has medical needs that need to be maintained, police said.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans with a white spaghetti-strap top. She was carrying a small terrier-type dog.

She is petite, 5-feet-3-inches tall and has shoulder-length curly brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information that could help Glastonbury Police locate Eligia should call the Glastonbury Police Department at 860-633-8301.

Police said she pronounces her name E-leeg-i-a.


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Gun Discharged in Milford Howard Johnsons Parking Lot


Milford police have arrested a man in connection with a dispute that led to shots being fired in the parking lot of Howard Johnsons, at 1052 Boston Post Road on June 6.

Milford said they received a complaint of shots being discharged in the parking lot of Howard Johnsons and a preliminary investigation revealed that two people were in a dispute in the parking lot, which led to the discharging of a firearm.

Police said two vehicles involved in the incident fled the scene.  One of the vehicles engaged police in a pursuit for a short time.

Officers found one car on Route 121.

Police have identified one suspect as Wilfredo Vega, 25, of Bridgeport, and are looking for the other person who was involved.

He was arrested on a warrant yesterday and charged with criminal use of a firearm, unlawful discharge of a firearm, criminal attempt-assault first degree and reckless endangerment in the first degree. He was released from police custody and is scheduled to appear at Milford Superior Court GA #22 on Sept 24.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Youd at (203) 783-4728, email dyoud@ci.milford.ct.us or submit a tip online.


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67-Year-Old Southington Man Reported Missing


Police have issued a Silver Alert for a 67-year-old Southington man who has been missing since yesterday.

Harold Smith was last seen around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday on Little Fawn Road, a family member told police.

His family members are not sure what he was wearing when he left home, but he almost always wears black sneakers and white socks, according to police.  

Smith has gray hair and hazel eyes. He is 5-feet-10 and weighs around 210 pounds, according to police.

He has no facial hair and wears glasses.

Smith cannot read or write, but he does recognize his name, according to police, and frequents the downtown Southington area and Plantsville Center section of Southington. 

Anyone with information about Smith’s whereabouts is asked to call Southington Police at 860-621-0101.

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Police Search for Lost Hikers in Granby


Police are using dogs to search for three women who became lost while hiking in Enders State Forest in Granby Thursday.

The women, all in their 60s, called police around 3:30 p.m., according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

They began their hike around 10 a.m., a DEEP spokesperson said.

New Haven Man Accused of Starving Dogs


New Haven police  arrested a city man accused of starving his two dogs after a child reached out to police, concerned about one dog’s condition.

Officers Michael Fumiatti II and Matthew Stevens were on their beat at James and Wolcott streets at 5:17 p.m., yesterday when a child approached them, concerned about a dog that was tied up in a nearby back yard, police said.

Officers went to the back yard at 191 Wolcott Street and found two greatly malnourished dogs.

A very thin adult grey female Pit Bull terrier tied to a tree was stuck between the tree and some overgrown bushes and unable to move more than a couple feet, police said.

A neighbor who noticed the officers pointed out another dog in even dire condition.

The older male black and white Pit Bull terrier was motionless on the ground covered with flies, police said.

He was emaciated, did not respond to the officers’ voices and had no access to shelter, food or water, police said.

They determined that the animals had been neglected for as many as several weeks.

Police called the department's Animal Control Division.

When they arrived, the male dog was too weak to walk, so the animal control officers used a blanket to create an improvised stretcher to carry him on.

Once police knew the dogs were being cared for and on the way to the animal shelter, police started searching for their owner.

The property owner said her nephew owned the dogs and gave police his phone number.

Police then called William Cepeda, 32, of Greenwich Avenue in New Haven, who agreed to go to Wolcott Street to speak with police and admitted he'd not fed the dogs in a week, police said.

Shelter staff told police that they thought that was a gross understatement.

Cepeda claimed he couldn't take care of the dogs any longer and had brought the dogs to a veterinarian to have them euthanized, but the veterinarian refused so he had no choice but to abandon them, according to police.

Officer Stephani Johnson, the director of the Police Department's Animal Shelter, said both dogs are responding to their care, according to police.

Officer Johnson said the female is about 15 pounds under weight. She is expected to make a full recovery, but police said this type of neglect can adversely affect a dog's temperament.

The male, who is around one-quarter of his normal weight, was able to eat and gobbled up some cookies, police said. 

Cepeda had claimed to police that he didn't feed the dog because he wouldn't eat, according to a news release. He was arrested and charged with two counts of animal cruelty.

Johnson said it’s too early to predict his prognosis. He was in worse shape than the female and is much older, but animal control officials and shelter staff are paying close attention to his therapy and feeding.


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