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.