Animal Rights Activists Patty Daponte, Donna Ploss and I visited Princess at North Haven Animal Hospital July 22nd and found her somewhat emotionally scarred, but well on the way to recovery and soon, if not already placed in a good home since Bernard’s last appearance. At that appearance, Scarpellino was much more subdued following extreme reaction from the public to his behavior in the case.
Ms. Ploss was involved in advocating for justice during the Jay Baldwin ‘trial’ and petoftheday.com reported on one of her days at the Derby courthouse as follows:
“Donna Ploss has been vocal in her belief that people who abuse animals are likely to also abuse people, especially children. On two occasions, her comments about Baldwin raised Gable's ire, and the last time he had her removed from the courthouse.
Ploss said she was waiting in line at the prosecutor's office when she made the remark to someone standing behind her.
"I said, 'If this guy ever gets out, he's going to go after little kids,' " she said. "He called the marshal over and had me taken out." A judicial marshal also told her that every time "you people" -- meaning those involved in animal rescues -- show up at court, they create chaos, Ploss said.”
Jay Baldwin served one easy year and is now out and living in Meriden. He has acquired at least one and possibly more cats. Upon his release in August of 2010 animal rights bloggers warned each other about Baldwin’s immediate attempt to acquire more cat and kitten victims, including this plaintiff plea from a blogger who writes at bugn.blogspot.com:
“I work at an animal shelter in northwest CT. Today we had to keep all our doors locked and check people (license, etc.) before they entered our shelter and keep the security camera on at all times. There is a man called Jay Baldwin who just got out of jail on Thursday and on Friday he stopped at a local vet and tried to get an animal from them. They recommended our shelter and another local one (not knowing his reputation, he is known for animal abuse). Our director alerted the police who kept an eye on us and will continue to do so. He may even break into a building to get an animal.
Jay Baldwin is in his 50s, tanned and likes to wear hats. He will pay an adoption fee to get the animal and can even get violent and take the animal if thwarted. He may also send friends in to get the animal. He will use other names. So it this makes it hard to tell who he is. Hopefully adoption screening will help keep animals from him.
Please let other shelters you know of know this.”
More recently a cat was taken from Mr. Baldwin, now relocated to Meriden and it was removed from his possession and is recuperating at a shelter, and apparently severely shaken by Baldwin’s treatment. Donna Ploss did some direct advocacy and spoke with Baldwin recently, providing the following notes on her discussion with Jay Baldwin just within the past month:
Donna Ploss reports on her recent talk with Baldwin:
“Jay Baldwin is a sociopath, a convicted animal abuser who is also a pathological liar. He was convicted of 10 counts of animal cruelty in 2008. He served one year. He is now free and at it again. Unable to find out his location, I did some digging. Found out he goes to the Meriden Senior Center on a daily basis. I decided to pay him a visit
As I walked into the Meriden Senior Center, my mind was racing. What do I ask? How would I identify myself??? Would he recognize me? (I was front and center at Derby Superior Court throughout the entire proceedings)
With everything I had NOT to lose control, I walked up to him, extended my hand (*note to self - scrub hand raw with bleach*) and said, "Mr. Baldwin, I'm Donna, a writer, and I wonder if you'd care to talk to me?" He agreed.
I began by asking him how everything is going, now that he's a free man, after being convicted of animal abuse. It was like opening the flood gates!! He went on about the trial, and how his public defender, Jonathan Gables, told him to take the blame. When I told Baldwin it was because it was proven there was no rat poison in the cat's system, but the cat died of blunt force trauma to the head, he had an answer for that too. "It could've been my neighbor, I loved that cat."
I then asked him why he didn't report to the Pretrial Diversion Program as required as part of his sentence. "I don't remember." When I asked him about the theft at the convenience store, he said he was broke and out of gas, and he asked the owner if he could borrow a couple of bucks. He then took over $600.
I asked him about the cat he recently got his hands on that was seized by Meriden ACO. It was a beautiful tiger tabby. He said he loved that cat and didn't know why they took him. He said it might have been because pets aren't allowed. He also remarked that the cat was probably sick. According to sources, the cat is so paranoid and terrified; he won't let a human being near him. This is a definite sign of abuse.
He also said that he's being evicted from his apartment. He showed me a letter from his attorney, indicating Baldwin's lease would not be renewed and that he had until August 31st to vacate the premises.
Baldwin told me of a man that he says is stalking him and leaving him threatening notes. When Baldwin complained to the police, they asked Baldwin if HE was the one writing the notes. He denied it.
He is conniving, cunning, charming as hell. He flirted with me as I left. He trusted me so much he gave me BOTH his cell phone, and his home phone (yeah, like I'm ever going to call him), as well as his attorney, AND his public defender. Now why would he need a public defender if he's free?
I thanked him for speaking with me. He said, "Give me a call later!! Maybe this story will make people realize I'm a nice guy and then I can GET A CAT!
I thought I was hearing things. A FREAKING CAT??????? Not if I have anything to do with it!!!!
This man flatly refuses to take responsibility for what he did. He had an answer for everything and has his mind set on getting his hands on another cat!”
So the warning continues for all people: don’t give this man an animal, especially animal shelters! Beware of Jay Baldwin, he still looks like the mug shots accompanying this article. He has a long rap sheet of offenses, including theft, animal abuse and breech of peace.