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Case ID: 9756
Classification: Hoarding, Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Saturday, Sep 30, 2006

County: Middlesex

Disposition: Not Charged

Person of Interest: woman

Abandoned pups in Middletown are in danger being put to sleep if they do not find a new home soon and they are in need of special attention.

"The first 24 hours we had them we carried them in and out doors because they wouldn't walk. They wouldn't come with us. They were just so frightened," says Gail Petras, Animal Control Officer.

Petras says the dogs were found in a Middletown home. The bank had foreclosed on the property and when it was sold at auction the elderly woman living there moved out, leaving some of her pups behind.

The dogs were discovered when the new owner came to the house to check it out. That's when he found the six dogs and two puppies running around inside.

"Thirteen dogs are not a normal thing," says Carlton Winslow. She says the house has been a problem for years and he is not surprised what was found inside.

"There was some pretty terrible odors coming from the place, too, and there was a lot of barking."

The dogs are now being kept at the Portland pound but not for long. The shelter is overcrowded and if the pups are not adopted soon, they will be put down.

"It's really tough. They are technically in danger right now."

Some of the other dogs at the shelter, which is filling up too fast, may also be in danger. But the focus now is to get these abandoned dogs into a new home where they will not be left behind again.

The animal control officer says even though these dogs are frightened they have never been aggressive.

Middletown dogs are housed at the Portland Animal Shelter just over the Arrigoni Bridge from Middletown. The office is at the Middletown Police Department at 222 Main St. in Middletown, CT. Call (860) 344-3298 to make an appointment to meet the dogs so arrangements can be made to have an ACO meet you at the shelter for access.


  • WTNH - Oct 12, 2006

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