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Bethany Puppy Mill Owner to be Sentenced Today

Judge to determine if Jeffrey Boyarski will serve up to 10 years for animal cruelty charges.

It was December of 2011 when Bethwood Patch readers were horrified to learn that in Woodbridge and left in traffic. The dog was rescued, but residents commented about how humans could be so cruel to animals. However, compared to what happened in Bethany just a few years earlier, one dog dumped in traffic seems a small offense.

In December of 2008, the state descended upon the home of Jeffrey and Bella Boyarski on Oak Ridge Drive in Bethany and confiscated more than 50 dogs and hundreds of birds. Jeffrey Boyarski, who was accused of operating a puppy mill, was charged with 78 counts of animal cruelty for which he will be sentenced today.

According to an account in the New Haven Register, "The animals were seized after state Department of Agriculture officials said the animals were not receiving adequate veterinary care and water. The water in the dogs’ bowls was frozen, several animals appeared thin and one puppy appeared lethargic. Three peacocks were found dead on the property, Commissioner of Agriculture F. Phillip Prelli said."

The sentencing was scheduled for 10:00 a.m. this morning at 121 Elm Street, New Haven, Courtroom "C", but was postponed by the judge until 2:00 p.m. today. Boyarsky could recieve up to 10 years in prison.

Check back with Bethwood Patch later today for an update on the sentencing.

Susan Barber February 27, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Is the spelling of last name correct?: Jeffrey and Bella Boyarski OR Jeffrey and Bella Boyarsky http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/14990/CT/US/
Pepe Santorelli February 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM
2 of our rescues were bought from these people! They suffered years of pain, due to the neglect and greed of these people! I am saddened, that it took authorities so long to shut him down, but happy that he got a consequence!
Pepe Santorelli February 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM
2 of our rescues were bought from these people! They suffered years of pain, due to the neglect and greed of these people! I am saddened, that it took authorities so long to shut him down, but happy that he got a consequence! People need to be more educated on puppy mills! They do exist!!!
Susan Barber February 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM
So what sentencing did he receive? Where's the newest article about that?
Chantal Hendricks February 28, 2012 at 12:18 PM
There are still SO many Puppy Mills around the country, especially in FL. There were petitions to shut them down, but they weren't a priority for the state, and the fight to close them was pushed by the wayside. It's a horrible business and the animals are the ones who suffer. Those who run them should not only serve many years in prison, but when they come out, should be sentenced to thousands of hours of community service in shelters. But if it were up to me, I would just hang them!

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