Police: No Charges In Fatal Dog Attack

Owner Appeals Order To Euthanize

Aaron Kupec
November 26, 2019 - 1:05 pm

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SUFFIELD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - No criminal charges will be filed in the case of a dog that fatally mauled an elderly woman in Suffield earlier this month. After "careful consideration," criminal charges will not be filed against the dog's owner, Annie Hornish, or members of her family, police announced Tuesday.

It was on Nov. 6 that the dog attacked Janet D'Aleo, 95, of Enfield, at Hornish's Thrall Avenue home. D'Aleo was visiting a friend. She died of "massive" injuries, said police.

Hornish is now fighting an order to euthanize the three-year-old pit bull/pointer mix named Dexter, said police. The order, from the town's animal control officer, is being appealed to the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

Police say Dexter was involved in at least two other biting incidents in Norwich in 2016 and 2018.

Police say they intend to cite Hornish for failing to properly license the dog.

Hornish is a former state representative and current state director for the Humane Society of the United States.