Court orders GPS monitoring for Greenwich woman accused of animal cruelty

A Greenwich woman who was charged with animal cruelty was arraigned on a new charge Thursday for allegedly violating the conditions of her release.

News 12 Staff

Mar 12, 2021, 12:55 AM

Updated 1,165 days ago

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A Greenwich woman who was charged with animal cruelty was arraigned on a new charge Thursday for allegedly violating the conditions of her release.
Catherine Palmer was arraigned in January and posted $10,000 bond. The judge said she was not allowed to possess any animals, nor have any dealings, sales or transactions regarding animals, either by herself or through a third party.
Palmer appeared Wednesday afternoon for her initial case but instead was re-arrested for allegedly being in possession of animals, which was a direct violation of her bond release.
Police say Palmer brought three dogs last month to United Veterinary Center in Norwalk. The warrant says they were "covered in vomit, feces and urine."
The warrant also says Palmer explained the dogs belonged to her boyfriend, but staff said her boyfriend couldn't provide any information on them. The staff also told police Palmer paid for the visit in cash, but first had staff change the account so it reflected her boyfriend's billing information.
Palmer was first arrested in November and accused of running a puppy mill in New Canaan. Police say the conditions were so bad that they led to the deaths of three puppies.
Animal control removed 12 dogs from her care, which have all been adopted.
The prosecution claimed on Thursday that Palmer continued to try to sell a puppy online after her arrest.
Palmer's attorney denied this claim and says she doesn’t possess animals.
Judge John Blawie admonished Palmer and set bond at $25,000, which she is expected to post. The judge also agreed to the prosecution's request that she be monitored by GPS.


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