This Girl Needs A New Home Soon, Or Else ...

Update Friday, 18 January 2013: Thank you everyone who has called. The number of calls has been overwhelming and the animal control officers are cautiously optimistic that they will find a home for this dog.


Update Friday, Jan. 18, 2013: The Madison Animal Control officer says thank you so much for everyone's help and interest. The number of calls has been overwhelming and they are cautiously optimistic they will be able to find a forever home for the dog. The plan is for the Clinton Animal Control officer to start returning calls next week, and start working her way through the list. We will keep you updated on their progress. Thank you for your patience as they work their way through the list and thank you for your interest and help.

Original story posted Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013:

This information is from the Madison and Clinton Police Departments:

The Clinton, Connecticut Animal Control Department is looking for a forever home for a female canine. The canine is believed to be a pit bull, is approximately 1-2 years old, had a litter of puppies at some point, approximately 35-40lbs, brown and white in color, a short / fine coat, friendly with humans, loves attention from people, affectionate, pulls slightly on leash but settles in after a few minutes of walking, has no name, appears to have basic obedience (sit, stay, paw), no known health problems, and not spayed.

The Clinton Animal Control Officer found the canine wondering around the town a few weeks ago, it is believed she was dumped or abandoned.  The canine is currently being held at the Madison Police Department dog shelter and is visited several times a day by the Clinton Animal Control Officer, Madison Animal Control Officers, and many of the Madison Police Officers.

The Clinton Animal Control Department will supply a voucher for a spay, and two vaccinations upon adoption.  There is a $50 fee required upon adoption.

Anyone wanting to meet the canine is welcome to do so prior to making any adoption decisions.

"I personally stop in to the dog shelter and visit the canine ever day, she is a sweet heart and would make a great companion.  The canine has pulled the heartstrings of many of the Madison Police Officers and I have made it my mission to do all I can to find this sweetheart a forever home," said Madison Police Officer Alex Blackwell. "If your have any interest in adopting this canine or would like to help the Clinton and Madison Animal Control Officers find a forever home for her please let me know."

Unfortunately this canine’s time is limited, if an adoption isn’t made she will be put down.

Anyone needing more information or with specific questions PLEASE call 203-245-2721.

Pem McNerney (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 06:59 PM
From Madison Police Officer Blackwell: "I can tell you from visiting her at the shelter she is a sweetheart. She almost crawls into my arms and kisses me to death! She really just wants to be loved."
charla nich January 17, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Is it Madison's policy to kill lost dogs that have not been claimed in 2 weeks? Or, is it Clinton's policy?
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Good question. I will try to find out. Either way ... it's not good for a dog to be put up in a kennel indefinitely. Neither town, as far as I know, is set up to be anything but a temporary shelter for dogs while their owner or a new home is found. This dog needs a new home with someone who will love her as much as she loves them.
K Fallkn January 17, 2013 at 09:59 PM
How is she with kids?
Christine Baughman January 17, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Contact helping Ct canines on facebook. She is wonderful!! She helps desperate shelter dogs..... i would hope a town would not destoy a dog after 2 weeks when it is that friendly. The alternative of a shelter is NOT the answer after just 2 weeks. Come on let's find this dog a home. Post pics on fb and around town.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 11:14 PM
I will ask. The police officer who has spent time with her says she seems friendly with everyone, but I don't know if she's been specifically around kids the past two weeks. How old are the kids? I can ask.
Courtney January 17, 2013 at 11:20 PM
If the dog is in danger of being put down I can foster. Will the shelter continue to search for a permanent home if the dog is in foster care? I can get the dog all vacc's and spayed in that time...
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Courtney, can you contact Madison or Clinton animal control at one of the numbers in the article and make that offer? I would think that would be better than having her at a kennel. I know the police officers are trying to spend as much time as possible with her, but it'd be great to get her out of there.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 11:31 PM
I just posted on their Facebook wall. Thanks. If anyone has any other suggestions for groups to contact, let me know.
Courtney January 18, 2013 at 12:11 AM
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Here is the best number to call ... 203-245-2721
Courtney January 18, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Jessica January 18, 2013 at 03:11 AM
There's no reason to euthanize. I read the stats, their intake is hardly any, they can certainly hold a dog until adoption. If not, it's cause they choose to kill it, not have to. I can't help but think if that happens its because of its breed:-(
Heather January 18, 2013 at 03:28 AM
Is she friendly with other dogs?
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Hi Heather. I have heard from one of the police officer who believes she is OK with other dogs. The police officer recommended I get in touch with the animal control officer to find out more and make sure, I called the ACO and she called me back but I was on another call ... as soon as I connect with Fran Fellows (the ACO in Madison) I will let you know.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM
No one I've talked with has issues with her breed. They know better than that. The Madison police officers who have spent time with her love her. And most people who know anything about the breed know that they make the most amazing, wonderful pets with the right owners. That's why the Madison and Clinton police departments are looking for the right owner.
SMI January 18, 2013 at 01:29 PM
How soon before they decide to put her down?
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 03:10 PM
No timetable given ... but she can't be kept in the kennel indefinitely. That is as cruel as you can be to a living dog, IMO. The Madison police officers and animal control officers are doing what they can to make their stay there better, but they are all realistic about the fact she can't stay there forever. Let's find her a home.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Courtney ... I was trying to respond to your comment when the page bounced (really annoying feature of these pages ... I hate pages that bounce) and I inadvertently deleted it ... my apologies! Anyway, you said you left a message with animal control and I wanted to say "that's great!" And "let us know if you hear back!" Thanks so much!!!
CCL January 18, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Madison PD are not the people to call. Please call Clinton Animal Control 860-669-1777.
Christina Arriaga January 18, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Please just get her out of there. Courtney, go adopt her if you have to and then find her a home. The longer you leave her there, the greater the chances are that they will kill her. Especially when they feel a dog is better off dead than in a shelter for an extended amount of time. I'm in Texas or I would take her myself. I've sent an email to Animal Haven in North Haven about her & I've shared her on Facebook since I know a lot of people in CT. There are a lot of people watching to see what happens with this dog. Please give her story a happy ending.
Courtney January 18, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Left a message for them too. Have yet to get a call back from either.
Wendy Cole January 18, 2013 at 09:22 PM
I too called Clinton ACO... her v/m indicates the office closes at 4pm. Pem - If you can get an update from MPD (or anyone for that matter) and post it, I'm sure there are a lot of us out here who are interested.
Christina Arriaga January 18, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Thank you Courtney & Wendy!
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Thank you Courtney and Wendy. Just spoke with Madison Animal Control Officer. She says the number of calls has been overwhelming. The Clinton ACO will start calling people back next week, not sure how long it will take to get through the list, but they are cautiously optimistic that with the number of calls they have received that they will be able to find her a forever home. I'll do a story later tonight with more details but I wanted to thank all of you for your interest and to reassure you that everything is being done that can be done for this girl.
Courtney January 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM
Great news!!! I am sure they will find the perfect home for that beautiful baby!
Courtney January 20, 2013 at 03:54 PM
She's been adopted. :)


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