Judy Umstead

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Convicted of Animal Cruelty: Still “Rescuing” Dogs

When Bethlehem Animal Control Officer Judy Umstead visited a rented barn in her town back in November 2012, she reported finding dogs kept by SPCA of Connecticut in under-heated and under-lit conditions. The shelter director, Fred Acker, was arrested and charged with 63 counts of animal cruelty. Over 60 dogs were seized by animal control. More than a year later, Acker was convicted on 15 counts of animal cruelty stemming from that cold day. In Litchfield Superior Court on Jan. Continue Reading →

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