West Haven dog burning case could be resolved next month
MILFORD — Criminal charges lodged against a West Haven couple accused of burning a dog’s corpse could be resolved next month.
Latrice Moody and Maurice Jackson are charged with second-degree breach of peace, illegal dumping and open burning in connection with their attempted July 4 cremation of “Brooklyn,” an 8-year-old Yorkshire terrier at Sandy Point Beach.
The dog was found at the beach July 5.
In court Friday, Moody applied for a form of loosely supervised probation, called accelerated rehabilitation, that could result in the charges being dismissed.
But she had to withdraw her application minutes later because of a marijuana conviction on her record from nearly two decades ago. The program is only eligible for first-time offenders.
Her lawyer, Richard Silverstein, said he would try to get the charge expunged from her record before Moody is scheduled to return to court, at which point her accelerated rehabilitation application could be renewed.
Moody is free after posting $30,000 bond following her arrest in August. Jackson has been behind bars since that date, held in lieu of a $10,000 bond.
He also appeared in court Friday, where a prosecutor offered him a 90-day sentence if he were to plead guilty to open burning and breach of peace.
Judge Maureen Dennis continued both cases to Oct. 18.
According to an arrest warrant, surveillance footage from a nearby gas station helped cops zero in on Jackson and Moody.
On July 5, Moody posted to her Facebook account that her dog had passed away the previous day.
Moody was interviewed by police, eventually saying that she had come home from the Norwalk fireworks to find the dog dead.
She said the dog had been not been well in the days prior and had a damaged leg, although she had never taken it to the veterinarian during its life to either be diagnosed or receive care.
She told police she and Jackson agreed to cremate the dog’s body and did so in a parking lot at the beach. Instead of ashes, as she had planned for, the dog’s flesh and bones were left after the fire.
After analyzing the remains, officials from the University of Connecticut Department of Pathology and Veterinary Science said the dog appeared to have been dead when it was burned.