Greenwich Man Charged with Animal Cruelty, Harassment, Violating Protective Order Granted Accelerated Rehab

Greenwich resident Christian Dilworth appeared before  Judge Bruce Hudock in Superior Court Stamford on Tuesday, Dec 11.

Dilworth has outstanding charges stemming from an incident last June when a mastiff type dog was found roaming in Bruce Park and displaying signs of abuse.

In August, Greenwich Police announced that Greenwich Animal Control had determined the dog had been adopted in May 2018 by Dilworth from a local rescue group in May.

Police say when Dilworth was contacted about his dog, he told investigators that the dog had died, and provided misleading and contradictory information concerning the dog’s alleged death.

Dilworth 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.

Along the way, Dilworth surrendered his other dog, a Doberman Pinscher, to Greenwich Animal Control.

According to the Judicial Branch website Dilworth was also charged on 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 Tuesday morning, Dilworth who gave his address as 30 Brookside Drive, stood silently by the side of his attorney Andrew Gould, who told the judge he had filed an application for Accelerated Rehabilitation earlier that morning.

The judge granted the request for Accelerated Rehab, but warned Dilworth of the consequences should he not complete the program.

Mr. Dilworth, docket number S01SCR180193473S, has a new disposition hearing scheduled for February 8, 2019.

In his last court appearance,  Judge Comerford agreed with Mr. Gould that Dilworth should receive counseling and suggested he enroll at CT Renaissance or find a similar program for counseling. Renaissance is a non-profit multi-service agency that provides mental health, substance abuse and community release treatment to men, women and adolescents throughout the state of Connecticut.