Bridgeport man faces 15 counts of animal cruelty for alleged cat-dumping

Arthur Palace recently turned himself in. The investigation began back in September when an officer on his way to work stumbled upon two crates filled with 15 cats on River Road.

Marissa Alter and Robyn Karashik

Feb 19, 2024, 11:16 PM

Updated 56 days ago

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A Bridgeport man is facing 15 counts of animal cruelty after being accused of dumping cats in Stratford.
Arthur Palace recently turned himself in. The investigation began back in September when an officer on his way to work stumbled upon two crates filled with 15 cats on River Road.
The Stratford Animal Control was notified and was able to retrieve the cats. Officials began raising funds through social media to help pay for the cats’ veterinary care.
Stratford police credited Detective Jennifer Murolo in the arrest of Palace.
“Detective Murolo did a great job and we wouldn't be where we were without her, so it's all on her,” said Capt. Jerry Pinto.
Palace posted a $50,000 bond and is due in court next month.
Police want to remind the public there are many animal shelters that pets can be taken to, rather than be abandoned on the side of the road.


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