Dilworth May Not Be Eligible for Accelerated Rehabilitation

Last June, Greenwich resident Christian Dilworth of Brookside Drive was charged with Cruelty to Animals, False Statement, Interfering with an Officer, Failure to Comply with Dog Ownership and Illegal Release of a Domestic Animal after a dog showing signs of abuse was found in Bruce Park.

The dog was traced back to his adopter, Dilworth, who police say lied to them about the dog’s whereabouts, telling them the dog had died.

The dog was later adopted from animal control by a Greenwich Police officer.

Also, Dilworth who works at CT Breeder in Norwalk, surrendered a second dog, a Doberman Pinscher, to Greenwich Animal Control.

According to the Judicial Branch website, Dilworth had been charged with Breach of Peace 2 (misdemeanor) on Feb 24, and Harassment 1 and Violation of a Protective Order (a Felony) on Feb 27, and Violating Condition of Release on March 6, which is also a Felony offense.

On Friday, nearly a year after he first got in trouble with GPD, Dilworth appeared in Stamford Superior Court with his attorney Andrew Gould. Presiding was Judge Bruce Hudock.

Dilworth, whose current bond is $40,000, was wearing a royal blue and neon green antler patterned sweater, dark jeans, and black sneakers.

Around 11:00am, attorney Gould told Judge Hudock that he had hoped for Accelerated Rehabilitation and Probation for Mr. Dilworth, but had learned his client was not eligible. He asked for time to look into the matter and requested a follow up date on March 19, 2018.

This was the 6th time Dilworth has appeared in court for the August charges including Animal Cruelty:

• Dilworth’s first court appearance after her turned himself to GPD on a warrant for the charges including Animal Cruelty was August 17, 2018.

• His second appearance was on September 16, 2018 . The case  was continued to October 9.

• On Oct 9, 2018 the Norwalk-based rescuer’s partner, a dog trainer in Bethany who had adopted the dog to Dilworth in April, sat for hours in court hoping to give testimony. Dilworth’s case was again continued.

• On November 13, 2018, the Norwalk-based rescuer who initially pulled the dog from a municipal shelter in Baltimore waited for hours hoping to have a chance to testify. Attorney Gould told the judge that Dilworth was “having problems with his insurance” but that he sought “to get some treatment.” Judge Richard Comerford referred Dilworth to CT Renaissance.

• On December 11, 2018, Gould told the judge that earlier that morning he had filed an application for Accelerated Rehabilitation for Dilworth. The case was continued to February 8.

Dilworth’s next appearance is scheduled for March 19, 2019.

See also:

Greenwich Man Charged with Animal Cruelty after Abused Mastiff Found in Bruce Park

Local Man Arrested Twice in One Week by GPD