Southington woman whose neglect resulted in 2 dogs being euthanized avoids jail

Published on Wednesday, 1 May 2019 20:14


SOUTHINGTON - A Southington woman who neglected three dogs, two of which had to be euthanized, pleaded guilty on Wednesday and was given a suspended sentence.

Kelly Savage, 38, accepted a plea bargain during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court, pleading guilty to one count each of cruelty to animals and failure to appear in court.

She was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended, and 18 months of probation. While on probation, Savage has been ordered not to own any animals, among other conditions.

According to police, Kelly Savage and Jason Savage, 41, were arrested April 9, 2018, after their three dogs were found in February that year stained with urine and feces. The animals also had live fleas on their fur. The bedroom where the animals were locked was infested with bugs and reportedly smelled so bad that one of the officers who responded to investigate had to leave the home.

Two of the dogs had to be euthanized. The third dog recovered and was set to be adopted.

Jason Savage in September also accepted a plea bargain, pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals. He was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended, and 18 months of probation. He is also not allowed to have any pets while on probation.

According to court officials, Kelly Savage failed to appear for one of her court hearings while her case was pending.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 1 May 2019 20:14. Updated: Wednesday, 1 May 2019 20:17.