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Vet arraigned on animal cruelty charges

May 9, 2019

BRIDGEPORT — A city veterinarian accused of killing and harming animals he was supposed to be caring for was arraigned in Superior Court Wednesday.

Leaning on a cane, 74-year-old Amr Wasfi, a veterinarian at Black Rock Animal Hospital, entered no plea to the charges against him of cruelty to animals and third-degree larceny.

Instead, Superior Court Judge William Holden agreed to continue the case to June 7 at the request of Wasfi’s lawyer, John R. Gulash.

Gulash told the judge he needed more time to examine the evidence against his client.

Gulash and Wasfi declined comment as they left the Golden Hill Street courthouse.

“I hope to do the right thing for the dog and the kitten involved and try to get some justice,” said Danbury lawyer Jonathan Levitan, who was appointed animal advocate for the case.

Wasfi, of Derby, is accused of squeezing a 4-month-old kitten to death who was in to be spayed and doing unnecessary surgery on a dog that had been diagnosed with a sprain.

Police said several other people have since complained that Wasfi mistreated their animals brought to the hospital for care.