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New Canaan cop David Rivera accused of killing dogs in Naugatuck

NAUGATUCK — A suspended New Canaan K-9 officer who was charged last week with illegal possession of explosives and weapons is now facing accusations of killing and abusing dogs as part of his side business, police said.

David Rivera surrendered Monday to Naugatuck police after a warrant was issued for his arrest on accusations he shot and killed dogs and abused other animals at his local dog-training business, Black Rock Canines, Chief Colin McAllister said.

McAllister did not immediately provide the specific charges on Tuesday.

Rivera was released after posting a $150,000 bond and will appear May 19 in state Superior Court in Waterbury on the new charges.

An employee of his business, Daniel Luna, was also charged and held overnight on a $250,000 bond, McAllister said.

Luna, 33, was arraigned Tuesday in state Superior Court in Waterbury on charges of four counts of wounding and killing an animal, four counts of conspiracy to wounding and killing an animal, one count of reckless endangerment, identity theft and other offenses.

Luna, a Waterbury resident who moved to Connecticut two years ago, was a police officer in Texas for a decade, according to his attorney Robert Berke. He has no prior record and was working full-time as a police K-9 trainer, Berke said.

“I do not believe he’s a risk of flight,” Berke said.

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