Ray Neuberger, 34, was charged on a warrant with four counts of first-degree malicious wounding of an animal for multiple injuries. The police allege he burned and beat Thor and Charlie, his fiancee's Cavalier King Charles spaniels. Demand the Superior Court of Bridgeport throw the book at him and that he recieve the maximum penalty for animal abuse. His next court date is April 16th, so please sign and share the petition now!
The eight-page arrest warrant details burns sustained by Thor and Charlie, as well as multiple rib fractures, and states, "The dogs have suffered injuries beyond any reasonable scope that a healthy dog would sustain, let along two dogs."
The injuries did not occur until Neuberger's fiancee moved into his Stone Ridge condominium.
He told police Thor's burns happened when he accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee on the dog, while bending down to clean up after Thor. According to the warrant, on June 22, 2017, Neuberger texted his girlfriend, "The worst thing just happened." He said he spilled the coffee on Thor when he was trying to clean some feces off of the dog, and some of the coffee also got on Charlie. He said he put Thor in the tub, but that large clumps of fur began falling out. Thor was brought to the Norwalk VCA Hospital for treatment.
The next day, his owner took Charlie to the veterinarian's office, because she felt his health was declining and there might be something wrong with his ribs.
During their investigation, police also talked to the fiancee's former boyfriend. He said she stopped by his apartment with Charlie on June 23, on her way to the veterinarian. He said she was distraught and the dog was "almost lifeless" in the car. He asked her if Neuberger did that to the dog, and he said she replied, "I don't know; I don't know."
X-rays showed multiple rib fractures and bruising to Charlie's lungs, as well as an elevated liver enzyme, often an indication of blunt force trauma.
Thor's burns covered 8 to 10 percent of his body, and there were exposed nerves. The doctor said it was unlikely that hot coffee could have caused burns so severe. Thor also had elevated liver enzymes.
Both Neuberger and his fiancee told police they had no idea how the dogs were injured, though they suggested Charlie's injuries could have been sustained falling off the bed or couch. Neuberger was adamant, the warrant said, that the burns on Thor were accidental. He also said his fiancee lets the dogs off the leash when at the dog park and that may be where the rib injuries happened.
Charlie was brought back to Norwalk VCA Hospital on July 28 because he was vomiting and had a painful, distended stomach. The veterinarian said there was multiple bruising to his left chest and abdomen caused by trauma. His liver enzymes were again elevated.
In January of this year, Neuberger's fiancee brought Charlie to a veterinarian in Shelton. That doctor found multiple "acute" rib fractures and one chronic healed fracture. When asked if she knew what caused the injuries, she told the animal doctor she did not know.