Suspected dog abuser given a third chance for Christmas by county court

NORWICH –  Douglas A. Haslett, 51, Greene, returned to court Monday in the custody of the Sheriff’s Department for the second time since his initial arrest and again was released on his own recognizance.

Haslett had a warrant issued for him last Monday for failing to appear in court on two separate occasions and for also failing to appear for his court-ordered mental evaluations. Haslett was arrested last Tuesday and was being held in county jail on 25,000 cash bail.

The Sheriff’s Department arrested Haslett Sept. 11, for ten counts of failure to license a dog, nine counts of cruelty to animals and one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony. One of the dogs was found in the defendant’s freezer, apparently placed there after it had starved to death said the District Attorney’s office.

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