PETITION TARGET: Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney
UPDATE (10/16/2023): The defendant has applied for the Family Violence Education Program, a diversionary program that — if completed — could wipe out a domestic violence charge. However, prosecutors have said that they plan on pursuing the animal cruelty charges to the fullest, with Assistant State’s Attorney Andres Bermudez telling News 12 CT, “The State is looking for incarceration on the malicious wounding charges.” We’ll keep watching this case. — Lady Freethinker Staff
A sweet cat died from blunt force trauma after being beaten up and drenched in bleach in Fairfield, Connecticut, reportedly by an official formerly convicted of animal cruelty twice.
Gem, an innocent cat, reportedly was intentionally harmed during a domestic dispute. Charges in her case are still pending.
Another cat named Pearl reportedly was burned with toxic chemicals “down to the muscle” – to the point that her tail had to be amputated— by the same man, also during a domestic dispute, according to an arrest warrant.
The man who allegedly committed these intentional acts of cruelty against cats was convicted of animal cruelty in 2018 — spending 41 days in jail and receiving two years probation for reportedly pouring scorching hot water on his then-fiancée’s 5-year-old dog named Thor and breaking the ribs of her dog named Charlie.
All of the victims were companion animals of women the man reportedly was dating at the time.
Authorities have charged Raymond Neuberger, who served as a member of Fairfield’s Representative Town Meeting from 2013 to 2017 and ran for state representative in 2016, with animal cruelty, according to news reports. Neuberger is out after posting bond while awaiting his court proceedings.
Whoever injured these innocent cats must be held accountable, and this case must be taken seriously. A growing number of studies have established that violence against animals is often used by domestic violence abusers to try to control their human partners.
Sign our petition urging prosecutors to treat this case with the severity it deserves, including pursuing domestic violence related charges if applicable and including any needed interventions, such as counseling or anger management, and a maximum ban on owning and being around animals in any setting.