Connecticut dog trainer faces 29 counts of animal cruelty

Police say they found 29 animals, including 21 dogs, several cats, and several birds

Beatrice Nielsen (Photo provided by the Webster, Mass. Police Dept.)

WEBSTER, Mass. (WTNH) — A Connecticut dog trainer has been arrested on animal cruelty charges in Massachusetts.

Fifty-year-old Beatrice Nielsen, also known as Beatrice DeGruttola, was arrested on Monday after officials say a dead dog was found in a Webster, Mass. home. Police say they found 29 animals, including 21 dogs, several cats, and several birds, in deplorable conditions. They say animal feces and urine were found throughout the home.

The owner of My Dog’s Place, which has locations in Niantic and Mystic, confirms Nielsen is an employee.

“We are all shocked, devastated and sadden by the news coming from Massachusetts. Our thoughts go out to the dogs, Bea and her family. Bea is a well respected, talented trainer with a wide following of clients, so we are very confused by the situation going on at her home in Massachusetts. Given the pending charges Beatrice is not instructing at My Dog’s Place,” owner Marge Lineweber said via email.

The Auburn, Mass. woman is charged with 29 counts of cruelty to animal by custodian. She was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

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