West Haven’s animal control picks up plenty of stray pups, but officers are now investigating after a dog a local woman tried dropping off on Saturday morning wound up dead.
According to police, the woman was seen in surveillance video allegedly telling animal control officers that her dog was aggressive and that she was moving and couldn’t take it with her.
Animal Control said it wouldn’t take the dog, and instead gave her a list of rescue shelters to contact.
"Especially if someone comes in and says my dog is vicious. That's not the city's responsibility to take your dog that was mis-trained. Obviously the shelter can't release that to somebody who wants to accept a pet, adopt a pet, because the liability is tremendous,” said West Haven Police Sgt. David Tammaro.
The woman reportedly left with the dog and police said less than an hour later they received a call that a pit bull was roaming in the Maltby Lakes Recreation area off of Route 34.
"I had friends there, the dog actually chased them and they saw the Animal Control,” said Brittany Gould, who said her boyfriend came across the pit bull in question.
"It was just roaming and then it heard them. They tried to go off to the side, it ended up following them anyways,” Gould said.
The animal control officer who responded tried setting a trap for the dog and realized it was the same dog brought to the shelter earlier that day.
However, at about 5 p.m. on Saturday, the dog was hit by a car on Route 34.
After posting photos on Wednesday morning, West Haven’s Animal Control office said it has received a number of tips saying that the woman lived in West Haven and is now in Florida.
Police said the woman told them she left the dog with a friend before heading south, but police are trying to figure out whether or not she is telling the truth.
The investigation is continuing, and police said the woman could be cited with reckless release of an animal if she did not actually leave it with a friend.
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