Attempted animal cruelty charges against Cheshire man dropped

Attempted animal cruelty charges against Cheshire man dropped

CHESHIRE — Attempted animal cruelty charges against a local man were dropped late last month.

Prosecutors declined to prosecute Charles Dayhoff, 57, of Cherrywood Circle on the attempted animal cruelty charge. Dayhoff pleaded guilty to two other charges related to an Oct. 2 incident with a neighbor. Police initially said Dayhoff tried to run over his dog with an SUV, which he denied.

Dayhoff was convicted of DUI and attempted third-degree assault on Nov. 27, according to the state Judicial Branch website.

He told the Record-Journal this week he’s an animal lover and would never try to run over a dog. The attempted animal cruelty charge brought criticism from animal rights activists, who attended an initial court appearance, he added. 

Cheshire police declined comment on the case.

Dayhoff and his wife own five dogs, three of whom were rescued from shelters, he said. An animal control officer interviewed the couple following Dayhoff’s arrest and did not remove any of their dogs, Dayhoff said.

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