Lawyer for woman accused of throwing dog out car window says animal jumped out

The lawyer for the Wilton woman accused of throwing her dog out of a moving car addressed the allegations Wednesday, saying the animal actually jumped out.

News 12 Staff

May 27, 2021, 12:20 AM

Updated 1,054 days ago

Share:

The lawyer for the Wilton woman accused of throwing her dog out of a moving car addressed the allegations Wednesday, saying the animal actually jumped out.
Helen Skulski, 56, was arrested in March after a witness said she saw her violently toss a beagle from her moving car on Connecticut Avenue in Norwalk.
Attorney Mark Phillips says the grandmother is a dog lover.
"The information that came out initially in the case obviously was not complete and portrayed my client as a monster," he says. "In fact, the body camera videos of the police going into ther house to remove the dog - which is like a child to her - show dog paraphernalia - dog pictures, the pillows have dogs on them."
Skulski pleaded not guilty to an animal cruelty charge.
Phillips says on the day in question, the Skulski family's 1-year-old dog, Jackie, was in the back seat of their car with the windows open after a trip to the dog park.
He says at some point, Jackie jumped out - though neither the defendant nor her husband realized it. When they did, Phillips tells News 12 the couple returned to the dog park to enlist the help of others.
Then, after that, they called police as well.
"The stories just don't add up as to somebody who, in broad daylight, would take a dog and throw it down on the side of the road in front of witnesses and whatnot and speed away," says Phillips. "There's nothing else that belies that information."
Police say security camera video from the area shows an object leaving the right side of the car at the time of the alleged incident, but Phillips says even enhanced, it's too blurry to confirm anyone's story.
"I think this is one of those cases that is not what it seems," Phillips says.
The woman who witnessed what happened says she stopped her car on that day, saved the dog and called 911.
Police say the dog had some scratches and no real injuries. They also noted in a report the dog appeared to be healthy and clean.


More from News 12
1:51
Last minute tips to file your tax returns as deadline looms

Last minute tips to file your tax returns as deadline looms

1:52
Warm and sunny start to the week in Connecticut; showers return Wednesday

Warm and sunny start to the week in Connecticut; showers return Wednesday

0:58
Jackie Robinson Day: Former Dodger Bobby Valentine reflects on athlete and activist

Jackie Robinson Day: Former Dodger Bobby Valentine reflects on athlete and activist

0:22
Fairfield PD: Man faces attempted murder charge, stabbed partner during domestic dispute

Fairfield PD: Man faces attempted murder charge, stabbed partner during domestic dispute

0:22
Connecticut police departments increase patrols around religious sites following aerial attack on Israel

Connecticut police departments increase patrols around religious sites following aerial attack on Israel

0:30
John Solomon, former Easton police chief and veteran, dies at 82

John Solomon, former Easton police chief and veteran, dies at 82

0:31
New data shows 7% of Fairfield County residents under 65 don't have health insurance

New data shows 7% of Fairfield County residents under 65 don't have health insurance

1:47
Food labels can sometimes be misleading. Kane In Your Corner explains what to look out for.

Food labels can sometimes be misleading. Kane In Your Corner explains what to look out for.

4:39
Guide: Ways to help you identify and deal with work burnout

Guide: Ways to help you identify and deal with work burnout

1:31
Danbury Fair Mall welcomes Target, Round1, J. Crew and Inspiration Co.

Danbury Fair Mall welcomes Target, Round1, J. Crew and Inspiration Co.

0:58
Trumbull doctor pushes specialized care for night shift workers

Trumbull doctor pushes specialized care for night shift workers

2:02
East End: Antique Brass Cash Register in Cutchogue

East End: Antique Brass Cash Register in Cutchogue

2:52
Luxury Living on the East End: Ram Island

Luxury Living on the East End: Ram Island

1:03
Bridgeport youth baseball program celebrates grand opening of its new East End facility

Bridgeport youth baseball program celebrates grand opening of its new East End facility

0:28
Israel is quiet on next steps against Iran — and on which partners helped shoot down missiles

Israel is quiet on next steps against Iran — and on which partners helped shoot down missiles

0:25
 State police: Pedestrian from Torrington fatally struck by car on I-84 in Hartford

State police: Pedestrian from Torrington fatally struck by car on I-84 in Hartford

0:25
Police: Man who punched 9-year-old girl at Grand Central Terminal arrested

Police: Man who punched 9-year-old girl at Grand Central Terminal arrested

0:25
State police: Crash on I-84 in Waterbury injures Oakville woman and state trooper

State police: Crash on I-84 in Waterbury injures Oakville woman and state trooper

2:04
CDC: Most women do not get a mammogram because of financial difficulties

CDC: Most women do not get a mammogram because of financial difficulties

0:39
 State police: Bridgewater man accused of sending explicit snapchats to 13-year-old girl

State police: Bridgewater man accused of sending explicit snapchats to 13-year-old girl