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Crews try to relocate animals after Meriden pond is drained

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A family of swans was relocated after a pond was drained in Meriden. (WFSB photo) A family of swans was relocated after a pond was drained in Meriden. (WFSB photo)
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MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

Crews tried to rescue swans, fish and turtles on Friday following the draining of a pond in Meriden.

According to the Meriden Humane Society, a contractor is rebuilding a dam near Foster Pond and as a result, the pond needed to be drained.

Work on the dam started about a week ago, the group said.

The Humane Society said it's not a requirement to move animals, so its helping to do so.

It all started with a complaint to the humane society about the family of swans trapped in the pond.

"We are trying to rescue as many turtles and fish as possible that are drowning right now - as you can see they are ... and they are dying one by one," said Heather Sullivan of the Meriden Humane Society.

Dead fish were found in the pond, located off Research Parkway.

The group helped relocate a family of swans on Friday.

The city of Meriden said the repairs to the dam were needed and it could only be done by draining the water.

A local contractor was hired to do the work, but the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the water should have been drained much slower, so all the wildlife could relocate on their own.

A worker admitted to letting the water out too fast, but DEEP said that person won't be penalized. DEEP said if the animals are rare or endangered it will look into taking action.

According to state statute, the city was supposed to reach out to fisheries to tell them they're draining the pond and it would be up to those fisheries to come in and relocate the fish.

Right now, DEEP said it doesn't have any record of that.

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