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CT seeks custody of dogs left outside while man went on vacation

State Attorney General William Tong is seeking custody of 28 German shepherds that were allegedly neglected by a Higganum man.

Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media

HIGGANUM — State Attorney General William Tong has obtained temporary custody of 28 German shepherds found in dire conditions by a pet sitter hired by a local man while he went on vacation overseas, officials said.

The dogs were seized in May at the Nebobity Road home of Dean Moore who had left a sitter in charge of the animals when he went on a six-and-a-half week family vacation to the Philippines in April, court documents said. The caretakers contacted animal control after they discovered the animals were in unsafe conditions and had not been left enough food for the entire vacation, court documents said.

Just weeks before Moore left, two of the dogs had given birth to 19 puppies who were kept outside in “dangerously cold temperatures and unprotected from other adult dogs,” Tong’s office said Thursday in a news release. Another dog was pregnant and due to give birth soon, Tong’s office said.

Within days of Moore’s departure, six of the puppies died, documents said. Moore was charged May 23 with 20 counts of animal cruelty. That case is pending in state Superior Court in Middletown.

The dogs, 10 adult German shepherds and 18 puppies, are being cared for at various places throughout the state, Tong said.

Tong is seeking permanent custody of the animals to find them homes as the criminal case against Moore proceeds. A Hartford Superior Court judge agreed Wednesday to give Tong temporary custody of the animals until a hearing on permanent custody will be held June 14.

As part of the proceedings, Moore was ordered to post a cash or surety bond of $14,000 to pay for the care of the animals, documents said.

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