Man Accused Of Killing Desmond, Dumping Him In Madison Applies For AR [Poll]

Alex Wullaert applies for accelerated rehabilitation Tuesday in court; Justice for Desmond protesters appear outside court and inside court, sitting behind Wullaert.


Alex Wullaert, 22,, has applied for accelerated rehabilitation,

Wullaert applied to undergo accelerated rehabilitation, a special probationary measure, in lieu of a criminal plea. In front of a judge at the New Haven Superior Court Tuesday morning, Wullaert agreed to apply for rehabilitation and return to court June 26. Protestors from Justice for Desmond, the anti-animal cruelty group who previously protested and , audibly sighed in the courtroom when Wullaert's lawyer Richard Silverstein requested rehabilitation. Silverstein refused to speak to the press.

Wullaert arrived at the courthouse at 9:30 a.m. with Silverstein and an unidentified man. Protestor Christina Blamire says Wullaert leaned in and made a kissing face at her pit bull, Hollywood, as he walked up the steps. "Don't kiss my dog," she yelled at him as he passed.

Protestors had been hoping for criminal actions against Wullaert.

"I think it's disgusting," said head organizer Micah Rapini. "I really hope they don't grant that to him. This is not the first violent act he's committed. Maybe all the other charges were dropped. But I wish they could take that into account, that he's [been accused of committing] violent crimes before."

To read more about the court case Tuesday, and about the protest, please see a story in the New Haven Register. News about the possibility of accelerated rehabilitation generated expressions of outrage on the Justice for Desmond Facebook page.

Members of the group also expressed anger at the fact that Wullaert was allowed to leave by an exit other than one of the main exits usually used by people appearing in court. The Justice for Desmond group said they had "friends" at all three exits waiting for Wullaert to leave.

The group, Justice For Desmond, has set up a Facebook page, has staged several protests, and is engaged in a fundraising campaign. The Facebook page has more than 3,500 "likes." They have also started a petition drive, which has more than 2,600 electronic signatures.

Branford police arrested Wullaert and charged him cruelty to animals and littering, following an investigation by Madison police. The affidavit in support of the arrests detailed the months of torture that led up to Desmond's death. Following his arrest on charges of cruelty to animals and littering, Wullaert was also . The domestic violence incident allegedly involved Wullaert's girlfriend, who also owned Desmond at one time.


Dora Sambuco June 05, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I don't believe that the need for reform of ill fitting laws is an "irrational demand". If this kid got caught stealing a car stereo or selling weed he would go to jail. Why should he not go to jail for taking an innocent life? You're fixated on the fact that the laws are one way, and thus arguing that accelerated rehabilitation is not enough is trivial. That is the problem exactly. The laws need to change, this kid needs to be made an example of, or these incidents will continue.
Matt June 05, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Laws changing and being made an example of are not mutually possible. You can not just decide to re-write the general statutes of the state of Connecticut tomorrow morning, and then charge someone with it tomorrow afternoon. No matter how much you all demand, protest, and cry, he will not be charged with anything more than the existing animal laws allow for. I doubt he'll even get jail time. Probation at best. I'm not saying that is what I think he deserves. I'm just saying what is reality. If the state judicial system, state house, and state senate feel the law should be changed, expect it to take place no less than 2-3 years from now if you're lucky. And no, you can not then retroactively apply it to past offenders. I am acknowledging reality rather than making irrational and impossible demands.
brenda mccullough June 05, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Its my undersanding that it is a felony that could sentence him to 5 years ,and thats what people were wanting ,know one is asking any more than what the law states ! Not once have I heard a person ask for first degree murder.
Dora Sambuco June 05, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Well, since you mention it: "The state's broadest anticruelty law makes it a crime to overwork, beat, kill, torture, or injure an animal; fail to give it proper care; inflict cruelty upon it; deprive it of food or water; expose it to poisons; fail to provide it with protection from the weather; abandon or carry it in a cruel manner; or fight with, harass, or worry it to make it perform. Violators may be fined up to $1,000, imprisoned for up to one year, or both. The law also makes it an unclassified felony to maliciously and intentionally maim, mutilate, torture, wound, or kill an animal. The penalty is a prison term of up to five years, a fine of up to $5,000, or both." Feel free to take a look. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2007/rpt/2007-R-0228.htm So, that having been said, send this kid to jail. End of story.
Marty June 05, 2012 at 08:55 PM
There are animal cruelty laws on the books that call for more than a year in prison. The problem is, they rarely ever follow the sentencing suggestions and the suspect ends up with a slap on the wrist. Prison time is not an impossible demand in this case. But most likely he will get AR and next time you hear about him it will be when he strangles his daughter because she did something he didn't like. Most of the most notorious murders have histories of animal abuse. It's not something to take lightly.
Mike Atkins June 05, 2012 at 10:49 PM
big deal, no loss to society?
Mike Atkins June 05, 2012 at 10:52 PM
how come we never read about yellow labs or beagles mauling and killing children? Pit bulls are bread for killing.I'm not saying Alex was right, he wasn't but maybe he was threatened.
Sabrina June 05, 2012 at 11:38 PM
This is how violent murders start...by small animals that are too scared to defend themselves and the next thing you know it's your mother or sister he's murdering in the streets because it feels good. So yes you can call us crazy but when it's your loved one you won't think it's so crazy...educate yourself on psychological functioning and behaviors
Sabrina June 05, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Why would you adopt a pitbull if you were afraid of it!? Animal shelters test these animals to the fullest prior to letting them go to a home. He had stated that the dog peed on the floor and this was his punishment...I wouldn't punish my dog in that manner, would you!? No you do not hear of labs or beagles mauling children yet at the same time it takes a person to understand the breed and how affectionate these dogs are and the troubles they have been through to love them. I would never expect someone who has never owned a pit to understand why this mission is so important to us. We can say a million times it's not the breed its the owner yet those who do not know the breed will never accept that answer. We will always stand true to "it's not the breed it's the owner" and you will always stand true to "we never hear about yellow labs or beagle mauling and killing children"
Matt June 06, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Yes, that is what I said. Or am I supposed to have sympathy for a ghetto gang banger crack dealer that steals everything not bolted to the floor, kills people to be tough, doesn't work, and fraudulently uses tax dollars to buy beer? No thanks. They can keep shooting each other. There are less crack dealing gang bangers on the street with nearly every homicide in New Haven. Society as a whole is actually better off when the criminal elements kill themselves off.
Dora Sambuco June 06, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Pitbulls are loyal to a fault. If the owner of a pitbull trains that dog to fight and be violent, its going to do it to the best of it's ability. They want to please their owners. Any other dog would do the same if it were trained to do so. People train pitbulls as opposed to other dogs because they're so insanely strong. They were originally bred in England to watch over rich people's children.
Mike Atkins June 06, 2012 at 08:55 AM
please every pit bull you see has a big thick collar and leash so they can be controlled (look at the picture). I see a pit bull and walk on the other side of the street. would never allow a pit bull near a child, ever. They are viscous killers just waiting to snap at any time. Why are most of the dogs available at shelters part pit bull?
Jessica Hamilton June 06, 2012 at 09:11 AM
You never read about it because its just not "sensational"enough for the media to print. Labs, poodles, chiuauas, etc. attack EVERY DAY... I work in a shelter, where we quarantine these animals and I know first hand. Are you aware that the most agressive breed og dog is the daschund? Just fyi. Anyway, it DOES happen every day...you just don't hear about it...
ted Aub June 06, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Forget about all the bantering and posturing, people should be held accountable for their actions . That message is not clear in this society anymore . It is like watching a TV show called " As Your Stomach Turns "
TBudeit June 06, 2012 at 01:20 PM
For so many, their pets are part of their family, and this "man" should be held accountable for the heinous way he treated a member of his family. Pit bulls ARE NOT viscous killers!!! Desmond was a perfect example of that. He was neglected, and tortured, and STILL was a very loving and affectionate dog that wanted nothing more than to please his "master". Personally knowing someone that worked with him while he was temporarily in the shelter, he was extremely mild mannered, as are the great majority of Pit Bulls. Mr. Atkins, please do a little research. Pit bulls were traditionally the "nanny dog" and there was no other breed more trusted with children. I have 3 children, 10, 4, and 2; I have no problem having my kids around a pit bull. It's all about education. But 20 years ago, didn't Dobermans have a nasty reputation, and what about German Shepherds, Rottweilers. All of these breeds have been accused of nasty temperaments at one time or another. Providing I am familiar with the dog, as it's all about responsibility on both parties, I have NO problem with any of these beautiful breeds and being around them. (And honestly, I have seen more people bitten, snarled at, etc. from cockier spaniels, and countless "little" breeds then the ones with such "horrible" reputations- those are the breeds I worry about.)
TBudeit June 06, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Also, those "big thick collars" are the appropriate collar size for ANY large dog...regardless of what breed it is. It shows the owners are responsible and care about their pet. Those beautiful dogs sat there, well mannered, beautifully behaved, while hundreds of people passed. Doesn't look like they were trying to maul, maim or attack anyone. Hmm, imagine that!
Laura B June 06, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I love how people feel the need to make that ridiculous comment. THIS story is not about a person, it's about a dog who was murdered. And how do you know that there is more outrage here? You're obviously reading a story that doesn't interest you. Go comment on a story about a person and mind your own business AND quit speculating on how people feel. You don't know any of these people and therefore you don't know how they feel. I'm sick to death of stupid comments like yours on stories that don't matter to you. Go away and cry a river somewhere else.
linda cooper June 06, 2012 at 02:09 PM
i would rehabilitate him alright but it won't be in some cozy hospitial !!!!!!!!!!!
Laura B June 06, 2012 at 02:11 PM
It's not unrealistic, Matt. This is how laws are changed. We're trying to change and strengthen the laws with regard to animal abuse. Sitting there on your ass sending out nasty comments on something that's so emotional for a lot of people won't change anything. Action makes change.
Laura B June 06, 2012 at 02:16 PM
WOW! Pitbulls are NOT "bred" for killing. It's all in the way you bring them up. This particular pitbull was known by many to be submissive and sweet. Did you actually read the story, Mike or did you just see the word pitbull and decide to make an assinine comment? Did you see the way that dog was treated? He was beaten and starved on a daily basis and IF he even bit at all it was out of fear of another beating. Get your fact straight before you post something as foolish as this again.
Laura B June 06, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Did the dog choose that collar to put on? NO. It's the owner that thinks it's a cool thing to make your dog look mean. Get a little background on this killer and you'll see what I mean. And I feel sorry for you actually. You're just a victim of the media. I've known MANY pitbulls and they are all sweet loyal dogs.
Nick Malone June 06, 2012 at 06:02 PM
He's learned his lesson, give him a break and leave him alone. Worry about what you are doing not everyone else.
John Mayhew June 07, 2012 at 02:25 AM
"Under CGS § 53-247(b), maliciously and intentionally maiming, mutilating, torturing, wounding, or killing an animal is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, up to five years imprisonment, or both." I don't see anybody asking for more than what Connecticut law allows. (sorry I quoted the wrong criminal statue in my last post)
Larry Jones June 07, 2012 at 08:58 AM
You need to be more direct, what exactly are you trying to say? It sounds like you think Alex should get some type of reward as the world has one less flea bag dog? If so, I see and agree with your point.
Larry Jones June 07, 2012 at 08:59 AM
You need to be more direct, what exactly are you trying to say? It sounds like you think Alex should get some type of reward as the world has one less flea bag dog? If so, I see and agree with your point.
Larry Jones June 07, 2012 at 09:00 AM
You need to be more direct, what exactly are you trying to say? It sounds like you think Alex should get some type of reward as the world has one less flea bag dog? If so, I see and agree with your point.
Larry Jones June 07, 2012 at 09:00 AM
You need to be more direct, what exactly are you trying to say? It sounds like you think Alex should get some type of reward as the world has one less flea bag dog? If so, I see and agree with your point.
Ellen August 30, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I agree Kelly. And I think Matt has a point, but the people who are posting here would like to see the laws against animal abusers made more stringent, more harsh. I hope legislation can be changed to make abuse of an innocent animal a crime where there is a mandatory jail sentence, not simply a slap on the wrist.
Ellen August 30, 2012 at 06:51 PM
It sounds as if Matt agrees with most of us who are frustrated by the way animal abusers are given a free pass. it is frustrating.
Ellen August 30, 2012 at 06:56 PM
@ nick Malone... I think people should be worried about what YOU are doing if you can make an assinine remark like that!


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