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In The News: Man Arrested for ‘Abandoning’ Mother Dog and Illegally Selling Her Puppies

Written by: Russel Moneva
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| Published on June 15, 2024

In a shocking and deeply troubling case of animal cruelty, a Connecticut man has been arrested for the heartless abandonment of a mother dog and the illegal sale of her vulnerable puppies. This incident has not only outraged the local community but has also drawn significant attention from animal welfare organizations. The case underscores the critical importance of responsible pet ownership and the severe legal consequences that can result from neglecting and mistreating animals. The community is now rallying for justice and stricter enforcement of animal protection laws.


Jose Solivan, the accused, voluntarily turned himself in to the Wolcott Police Department. The arrest warrant, which was issued prior to his surrender, charged Solivan with multiple offenses, including cruelty to animals and making false statements to the authorities.

The case began when Solivan abandoned Mya, a mother dog who had recently given birth to a litter of puppies. The abandonment took place at an intersection in the Wolcott area on April 16. Mya was left alone, vulnerable, and in need of care. The act of abandoning a pet, especially a mother with newborns, is not only heartless but also illegal under Connecticut law.

Following the abandonment, Solivan engaged in another unlawful activity. He sold Mya’s puppies out of his car in the parking lot of a Walmart in Waterbury. Selling animals in such a manner is against the law, as it often involves inadequate care and improper handling of the animals. This irresponsible act put the health and safety of the puppies at risk.


Thanks to the diligent efforts of the Wolcott police, five of the seven puppies have been successfully recovered. The puppies are now under proper care and are reported to be in good health. The recovery process involved tracking down the purchasers and ensuring the puppies were returned safely.

Jose Solivan is currently facing serious legal consequences for his actions. He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday to answer to the charges against him. The court appearance will determine the next steps in the legal process. Solivan is being held on a $25,000 bond, reflecting the severity of the charges and the potential risk he poses.

The case has sparked outrage and concern within the local community and among animal rights activists. Many are calling for stricter penalties for those who engage in animal cruelty and illegal pet sales. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the responsibilities that come with pet ownership and the need for stronger enforcement of animal protection laws.


This heartbreaking case of animal abandonment and illegal sale highlights the crucial role of law enforcement and the community in protecting vulnerable animals. As the legal proceedings unfold, it is hoped that justice will be served, and stronger measures will be put in place to prevent such incidents in the future.

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