A former city official accused of beating a cat to death and spraying the animal with bleach has a story dating back to 2018, when a veterinarian discovered worrying injuries indicative of animal abuse.
Raymond Neuberger38, once served in Fairfield, Connecticut’s Representative Municipal Assembly and ran a failed statehouse campaign, is also charged in a domestic violence case, according to News 12 CT reporter Marissa Alter.
Neuberger also faces domestic violence charges as part of an investigation. In 2018, he was accused of abusing his fiancée’s dogs. That case ended with 30 days in jail in exchange for an expedited pardon, which erased the charges from his record. @News12CT
— Marissa Alter (@MarissaAlter) October 5, 2022
Other charges include third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
Fairfield Police arrest Raymond Neuberger (38) of Fairfield following an animal cruelty investigation. Neuberger was charged with 3rd assault, disorderly conduct and animal cruelty and released after filing a total of $30,000 in court-ordered bonds. pic.twitter.com/NqVNbzlvFB
— Fairfield, Connecticut Police Department (@FPDCT) October 4, 2022
Neuberger was charged in 2018 with four counts of maliciously wounding an animal. Authorities say they abused his fiancee’s two King Charles Cavalier Spaniels. He burned one and fractured the ribs of the other, investigators said. Neuberger reportedly said he burned the dog Thor when he accidentally spilled coffee on the dog. A vet, however, said the burn was too bad to be caused by hot coffee.
Lawyer Kenneth Bernharda lawyer appointed to defend the dogs Thor and Charlyexpressed fear that Neuberger would do it again.
“I was insisting that he be imprisoned because cruelty to animals is a serious crime and I had no confidence that he wouldn’t do it again,” he said in 2018, according to The Middletown Press. “The message here should be that people who commit acts of animal cruelty go to jail.”
Neuberger reportedly served Accelerated Rehabilitation, a pretrial diversion program in Connecticut.
But taking the allegations at face value, Bernhard’s fears came true.
In August, an emergency veterinary clinic said it was “caring for a feline that appeared to be suffering from injuries deemed suspicious,” according to the Patch.
The cat suffered signs of physical injuries and neurological trauma and died, officers said.
“The Fairfield Police Department Detective Bureau, in conjunction with Fairfield Police Animal Control Officers, conducted a thorough and lengthy investigation,” the lieutenant said. Michael Paris said in a statement. “After an autopsy, veterinarians determined that the cat had died from blunt trauma.”
Neuberger also allegedly poured bleach on the animal.
“Furthermore, this investigation revealed that Neuberger engaged in violence, domestic in nature, and a separate arrest warrant has been filed,” Paris said, without giving further details on the domestic violence allegation. .
Neuberger reportedly posted a total bond of $30,000. He was indicted on Wednesday.
“I want to thank the Fairfield Police Department for their thorough investigative work which led to the arrest of this individual for a serious crime,” Fairfield First Selectwoman said. Brenda Kupchick. Neuberger reportedly worked on his campaign. “Frankly, I’m in shock that this defendant has been re-arrested for yet another case of animal cruelty after serving a prison sentence, this one resulting in the death of an innocent animal. When I was representing the state in Hartford, I worked on legislation to increase penalties for people who commit domestic violence that coincides with cruelty to animals. This case is a prime example of why I pushed for a change in the law. I hope this case will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
[Mugshot via Fairfield Police Department]
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