Stray Dog Found July 4th

Can you help this dog find his/her way home?


We found this dog running along Boston Post Road in Madison near Lowrey Field on the evening of July 4th.

It appears to be a poodle mix around 20-25lbs.

The dog has been placed in the Madison Dog Pound.

We really hope the rightful owner will come forward soon.

(Submitted by Sherry Brohel)

Editor's Note:

Sherry and her husband not only found the dog and made sure it was safe, Sherry also took the time to post this announcement, and then send a follow-up email to make sure we got the announcement. We asked her for a few more details, and this is what she told us:

My husband got it out of the road. It willingly came to us and even tried to get in our car. It seems like a very sweet dog but it had no collar or tags. It was exhausted and panting as though it had been running for a while.  We gave it water and called police. They came in about two minutes :).

I have told police that we are willing to care for it permanently or until the owner comes forward.  We are dog lovers and hate to see it locked up.  When I visited the police department today, to inquire about how the dog was doing,  I was told that the animal control officer is off until Monday.  I then visited the pound to take pictures.  The dog is doing well today [Thursday].

I just want to get the word out, so maybe the dog can get out before the weekend.  Thanks for helping in this effort.  As much as we would love to adopt this dog, it is only right to do our part to find the original owner.  I imagine someone is missing their pet.  I am guessing the dog is a cockapoo, but that is a guess.


Madison Animal Control Officers are Fran Fellows and Emily Clark (part-time) and can be reached at 203-245-2721 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon on weekends. The kennel is on Bridge Street at the intersection of Copse Road.

Betty Jones July 06, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Hope dog is claimed soon. Even more sad then him getting lost is that the dog has to suffer in that very old run down not up to standard Madison Dog Pound that we heard had something to do with being supervised by the Madison Police Department. The dog pound is kinda like cruel and unusual punishment. If you haven't even seen how bad it is, it is worth the trip. Very small cages, very poor ventilation, right next to the railroad tracks where the trains scare the already frightened dogs, no exercise areas, no adequate quarantine area to prevent the spread of disease, no on site office.Can't believe this is allowed to go on in an otherwise nice town like Madison.
Roger Marlowe July 06, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Someone should have a Vet. check and see if the dog has a chip. If it does they will find the owner.
Heather Bradley July 06, 2012 at 02:55 PM
That's so sad. Why can't people organize and try and get a better situation in place. Push the politicians to allow a volunteer group. We are trying here in Guilford but we are meeting with a lot of resistance.
Liz Neighbors July 06, 2012 at 04:15 PM
i'm posting this on facebook....maybe someone will know someone.
Christopher Jennings Penders July 06, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Following Liz's lead. Just posted on Twitter on Google Plus
Leslie S July 06, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I will foster the dog. Leslie Singer
Leslie S July 06, 2012 at 09:33 PM
where do I pick the dog up - should I call animal control in madison?
Leslie S July 06, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I'm calling now. Saw the number up top. duh.
Colleen Sheehey-Church July 06, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Leslie....thank you for fosterparenting this little sweetie. I will ask my vet if he would be willing to check dog out for chip and the pups health. I will post tomorrow, hopefully, he will be in the office so I can ask for help.
Upset July 06, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Need a new dog pound, but they have money for a new park that we don't need, got donations for the bs fire works...but no money for a dog pound, pathetic!!!
Ruth Cummings July 07, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Some very emotional, sad and good common sense points made. Although I think this should be the towns reasonability to address this, I would donate for this humane cause if someone started a fund raiser to build a new dog pound. Just my opinion but I no longer have faint it the town regarding priorities and this is a priority to help these poor defenseless animals. Anyone who can legally rescue a dog from captivity in this awful pound to save them from the extreme heat and humidity would be an admiral thing. In contrast to other major financial acquisitions the Town of Madison has made recently, the cost associated with a new comfortable and safe dog pound would not be anything by comparison. Please pass the word about getting a much needed new dog pound and maybe somone will know how to properly spearhead the effort for maximun rersult. I just hope there are still enough compassionate people out there who really care. Betty, Heather, Roger, Liz, Christopher, Leslie, Colleen and Upset are a very good start.
Leslie S July 07, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Hi Colleen, If you get the dog to a vet, please call me (I will figure out a way to get you my number in a less public forum). i will bring my two dogs over to meet the dog and make sure everyone will get along. If the Vet says the pooch is healthy and not a biter or anything I will take the dog home with me. I'm wondering if the dog had a collar of some kind with at least his/her name on it? Poor dog. I'm wondering if he was abandoned?
Sherry Brohel July 07, 2012 at 02:21 PM
The dog is no longer at the Madison Pound, so I am hoping the rightful owner came forward. I appreciate everyone's good intentions regarding this dog. I originally found the dog and had informed the police that my family would care for the dog permanently or until the owner was found.
Leslie S July 07, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I'm so relieved!! This situation, in light of the dismal Madison pound situation, has made me think we should start a Madison Foster Pet program to keep the poor fellows out of that place. It's the least we can do. Unfortunately lack of time does not allow me to start this effort but certainly i would be a participant and do all I can to support it. Anyone who has those leadership skills to get this going please get in touch with me and we can put an action plan together. L
Lisa MacDonald July 08, 2012 at 09:52 PM
To: Leslie. That is a great idea! If you have stopped by the Madison dog pound in this heat, you'll know first hand just how bad it is there. The winter has the opposite problem of cold drafts over cold concrete. Hope your plan catchs on in the best interest of our little and sometimes big canine friends.
Mildred Oshea July 10, 2012 at 09:58 AM
The photo looks like the dog is in a rather small cage for its size. Are these pets allowed to run around free in some grassy fenced in area at all?
Liz Neighbors July 14, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Once again, we see how wonderful it is to live in a town like Madison and it takes a village...even for our pets. I've been stopping at the pound for years to visit any dog that might be doing time. While I've always felt sorry for any dog in that prison, I'm embarrassed to say,even as an animal lover, I never even thought about a new place for the dogs. Maybe now that the skate park has been shamefully vandalized, that could be a place to relocate our furry friends.
A. Shea July 15, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Another great idea from Liz! You're a smart cookie. That's want happens when people pool their ideas and brainstorm for a good common cause. Relocate the run down dog pound away from that secluded dismal area next to the R.R. tracks to a new brighter and safer place more frequented by people and visitors. Over by the police department somewhere would be good because that's an active area were the town dog wardens work from. The dogs would likely be less frightened, their owners quicker to find and retrieve them and more visibility to new prospective owners of unclaimed dog. A stint in the pound should be less like punishment and more like caring for our lost frightened friends. That's the least we can do for man & woman's best friends. We hope someone with know how and organizational skills can spearhead this compassionate venture. Many hands makes light work.
Richie Wolfson July 30, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Any acknowledgement from town government that we are in need of a new dog pound in Madison? Any plan for for it in the near future? Does anyone even care?


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