A fawn died in Guilford after being attacked by a dog that got off its leash this week.
The attack took place in the area of the Timberlands Preserve. On the trails, police said they located a fawn with injuries to its front leg as well as possible internal injuries.
Jennifer Cantley's husband was the first to spot the injured fawn on the Timberland Trail in Guilford.
"He felt bad, thought something might be wrong, but he wasn't sure, maybe it was just a natural thing," Cantley said.
"It looked as if she had some internal injuries," said Guilford Animal Control Officer Danielle Borrelli.
Even though authorities prefer not to remove wildlife from the wild, police said the animal required medical attention and was taken to a local veterinary hospital.
The vet determined that the fawn was attacked by a dog.
Police confirmed later on Tuesday that the animal died.
They advised residents to follow leash laws in Guilford because incidents such as this one could have been prevented.
"Dogs don't mean any harm, but they are big and they can unintentionally cause trouble for a fawn or a baby bunny," Borrelli said.
Police also released information from the Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on how to deal with a deer in distress. To read more about how to handle that situation, click here.
There is a 7-foot maximum leash rule in Guilford. Leash laws vary from town-to-town. The only law the state has in place is that dogs can't roam on private property or create a disturbance.
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