Stratford woman falsely reported dog theft, police say

Police arrested a Stratford woman who they say falsely reported that her dog was stolen after she gave it away without telling her husband. Carolyn Novotny, 65, was charged Monday with falsely reporting an incident and interfering with police. She posted $1,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in Derby Superior Court April 25. Police say Novotny reported that her 7-year-old yellow Labrador retriever was stolen March 11 from a Home Depot parking lot in Derby. Novotny’s husband, William, told the Valley Independent Sentinel that his wife did not want the dog and gave it away on Craigslist to a family. He says he paid the family $750 to get the dog back. Carolyn Novotny did not immediately respond to a message Tuesday.