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Protesters Demand Justice for Strangled Dog (VIDEO)

The investigation into the alleged abuse and murder of the former shelter dog also led East Haven Police to file domestic violence charges against the Branford man.

The investigation of an animal cruelty case by Madison and Branford police that led to the arrest of a Branford man for allegedly strangling his dog to death — also resulted in for reportedly choking his ex-girlfriend in .

that dog lovers protested at New Haven Superior Court Tuesday when Alex Wullaert, 22, appeared for arraignment on the animal cruelty charge. The case was continued to June 5.

protesters carried signs demanding justice for the dog — Desmond, a pit bull/boxer mix — and yelled "dog killer" as Wullaert fled to his car after his court appearance.

The dead dog was found in Madison dumped in a garbage bag. According to reports, an autopsy showed the dog suffered from abuse and neglect before was strangled.

Information from a computer chip recovered from the dog led investigators to Wullaert’s former girlfriend, who said she broke up with him after a domestic violence incident in which he choked her.

That resulted in Wullaert’s arrest by East Haven police on charges including strangulation, unlawful restraint, assault in the third degree, interfering with an emergency call and disorderly conduct.

The ex-girlfriend told police that after breaking up with Wullaert, she surrendered the dog to an animal shelter. But the staff of the animal shelter said Wullaert retrieved the dog from them. That led police to him and he reportedly confessed to killing the dog.

Lise Cavallaro May 17, 2012 at 06:17 PM
What a first-class jerk.
The judicial system needs to start taking animal abuse crimes much more seriously. This person is a menace, has been arrested before for a violent crime, and if let go with a slap on the wrist he will do it again, to another person or another animal. The volunteers who worked with and loved Desmond say there wasn't a mean bone in his body and I believe them. I urge everyone to join in the peaceful protest on June 5, to let the court know that these crimes need to be punished. If not, it's only a matter of time before this creep's name is back in the paper again for another crime.
Lou May 17, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Too bad the morons in charge got rid of the death penalty in CT. This kid should fry before he kills a human being.
X??? May 19, 2012 at 12:18 AM
How long ago was he arrested for strangling his GF? Was this a recent chain of events?
pat May 19, 2012 at 03:51 PM
The incident happened last year. I lived downstairs from them.

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