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Dozens speak out in support of former Hartford animal control officer

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There has been a huge push to bring back Hartford’s animal control officer. (WFSB) There has been a huge push to bring back Hartford’s animal control officer. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The 2017 budget for the city of Hartford is a done deal, but some citizens are upset over one budget cut in particular.

From Facebook groups to phone calls, there has been a huge push to bring back Hartford’s animal control officer.

Sherry DeGenova was let go in May, along with one of her colleagues, during a stretch of budget cuts.

Supporters of the now former animal control officer say the issue isn’t about getting someone their job back, but public safety.

"There were four of us originally in the city, now they are down to one semi-working ACO. There is no way he can accomplish what needs to be done in the city. Calls are going unanswered, there's no way possible one person can run with the calls on a yearly basis, which are between 500 and 700 dogs a year,” DeGenova said.

On Monday, several speakers stood before the City Council to give the reason they believe Sherry DeGenova should be reinstated as the animal control officer for the city. She worked for the city for 17 years.

Mayor Luke Bronin’s 2017 budget proposal looked to cut around 100 positions.

The mayor issued an email response to people who emailed his office on Sherry’s behalf, saying in part that “none of these layoffs are the result or reflection of any individual’s performance and I wish that none of these painful decisions were necessary.”

Speakers from Monday’s meeting have been encouraged to bring their concerns to the public safety committee meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

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