Man charged with animal cruelty after incident at Wallingford farm

Man charged with animal cruelty after incident at Wallingford farm

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WALLINGFORD — A man has been charged with animal cruelty after an animal control officer found a calf soaked in feces at a local farm last week, civil court documents state.

Christopher Werbiski was also charged Sept. 12 with obstructing an animal control officer. 

On Sept. 12 around 9:20 a.m., the local animal control office was notified of a calf lying in mud at Werbiski Farm, 1069 N. Farms Road, according to civil court documents.

An animal control officer responded to the farm and made contact with Werbiski and his father, Walter Werbiski.

The officer found the calf with its umbilical cord attached. The calf was wet and cold to the touch, soaked in feces and was lying in stagnant water.

The officer tried to dry and warm the animal, but Christopher Werbiski objected, the documents said.

Christopher Werbiski told the officer the calf’s temperature was 99 degrees, which the animal control officer believed was too low. The concern was confirmed by a state animal control officer contacted during the incident.

Believing the calf was in imminent danger, the local animal control officer seized it and issued Christopher Werbiski a summons. The calf was warmed and brought to a veterinarian.

The animal control officer filed a civil lawsuit requesting a hearing to grant temporary custody of the calf to the town of Wallingford, and also requested permanent custody of the calf following a petition filed with the court.

Christopher Werbiski, who could not be reached for comment Friday, appeared in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday. His file was sealed and the case was continued to Nov. 8.

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