Police: Wallingford Animal Control Officer Assaulted Co-Worker With Coffee Mug, Trash Can

Lisa Seyler is facing third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace charges.

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Lisa Seyler, Wallingford's animal control officer, was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting a co-worker with a coffee mug and a trash can, among other items.

Seyler, 50, allegedly assaulted Dean Rizzo, her co-worker, on July 21 by throwing various items at him, including a trash can and a coffee mug, according to The Record-Journal. Rizzo refused medical treatment for the injuries, but Seyler was still charged with third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace.

The newspaper reports that Rizzo and Syler had a "girlfriend-boyfriend-type" relationship, although Rizzo is married to a woman who had also worked in the town's animal control department. Despite the arrests, Syler, who lives in Wallingford, remains on the job as the town's animal control officer.

Meghan Elizabeth Crean July 29, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Did this happen @ the shelter?! Must be great for already stressed animals to see this.
LAC July 29, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Interesting article....I worry more about the animals than what goes on privately between these two...Meghan it seems it happened at her home not at the shelter.
jennifer July 29, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Lac - you do not need to EVER worry about those animals , the care they receive at that shelter by everyone is amazing. They love and care for those animals as if they were their own. :)
Paul Petrone (Editor) July 29, 2013 at 04:35 PM
This did not happen at the shelter. It allegedly happened at her home.
LAC July 29, 2013 at 07:51 PM
I know Lisa personally and I know how she cares for those animals. I think I worded my statement wrong. Since this happened at her home, the article should have been treated like a private citizen, not the Animal control officer.
Donna O'Neill Bruneau July 30, 2013 at 09:34 AM
I recently met both Lisa and Dean when we adopted a dog in June. I think they are both the nicest people and obviously have a great love for animals. I think it was in poor taste for this publication to make mention of any personal relationship they may or may not have. This only serves to feed the gossip mill and cause embarrassment to these individuals.
Patti Clarke July 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM
r/j and this posting were way off base. posting of the details were irrelevant and in poor taste. shame on both media sources. LS is the best choice for animal control officer a town can have; animals are well taken care of and loved. the r/j article sounds extremely suspect, as if someone, possibly a named source, has a personal problem here. no one should rush to judge, especially when the entire story is not known.
Deborah Belasco July 30, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Wow...I had to double check that I wasn't on one of those super market tabloids sites! I feel that this post is wrong on so many levels. We have no right to pretend to know what really happened here. I agree with LAC...this happened at a home and should have been treated as a private citizen and not as the animal control officer.
CTLady August 07, 2013 at 08:44 AM
When I adopted a dog there in June, I met a couple of people on staff and some dog walkers, including both Lisa & Dean. Everyone treated me kindly & were the nicest people. Everyone was helpful, polite, considerate and sweet. They take such good care of the animals, they really do have a great love for the animals. I also think it was in poor taste for this publication to make mention of any alleged personal relationship, this happened at a home and should have been treated as a private citizen and not as the animal control officer. There shouldn't have even been article!
Karen Marie Pellegrini-White August 08, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Huge mistake. Mr Mayor is now judge and jury? Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. These animals are the ones who are the losers now. Lisa is the most loving and compassionate person for this job. No one could ever replace her I fear for these animals lives now.
LAC August 09, 2013 at 06:37 AM
After reading all the comments regarding this situation, I feel it is time that instead of talking WE do something. I am writing to the Mayor I hope he has his 'judge' outfit on, I am sure he has one. A leave of absence would be been more appropriate instead of firing her until this was sorted if anything at all.
Kim Nolin August 21, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Everyone deserves their day in court. I believe like most that this did not happen on a town owned property, nor did it happen on the so called "town clock". I stand behind Lisa all the way as I am a fellow worker and seen how dean was stalking her


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