A Bridgeport man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after authorities found three burned dead dogs and two malnourished dogs on his property while responding to a fire in his backyard Tuesday, Bridgeport police said.
David Valle, 38, of Wayne Street, Bridgeport, was charged with two counts of cruelty to animals, reckless burning, interfering with a police officer, second-degree breach of peace, and second-degree threatening, police said.
Sherry Yasin, 39, of Kissimmee, Florida, was charged with interfering with an officer, police said.
Bridgeport firefighters responded to the 600 block of Wayne Street Tuesday night on a call reporting a heavy black smoke and a fire coming from the backyard. Firefighters reported a shed fire and requested police to come because individuals were threatening them, police said.
“Upon arrival BPD officers Police observed ... Valle ... visibly upset with the presence of fire units and police on the property,” police said in a press release.
Valle and Yasin both “began to interfere with police officers and the fire inspector from gaining access to the rear yard area to assess and extinguish the fire,” the release said.
While in the backyard area, officers observed two dogs malnourished, visibly cold, shivering one on the rear deck with no water or blankets, and the other in a cage with feces in it, the press release said.
Upon further inspection, officers and the fire inspector observed the remains of three additional dogs that were deceased.
“The fire and smoke conditions were associated with the burning of the animal bodies,” said Scott Appleby, CEM director of the Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security/Emergency Communications in Bridgeport.
The other two dogs are now at the Bridgeport Animal Shelter. They “were not legally turned over to the Animal Shelter however; are in the care of the Shelter at this time,” Appleby said.
Valle’s bond was set at $20,000. Yasin was released on a promise to appear.