A dog found tied to a pole Saturday in West Haven is the most recent incident in a spate of cases of animal abuse and neglect in Connecticut this summer.
The dog, found outside an apartment complex on Campbell Avenue, was tied to the pole with a neck tie.
The day before, another dog, a pit breed, was found tied to a tree in Norwalk’s Cranbury Park.
A note attached to the pit breed’s collar identified her as “Annabell” and pleaded for help.
“To whomever loves dogs,” the note read. “She’s an amazing dog. House trained. Brendal and Bully. Aug. 12 she’ll be 3 years. Human friendly. Dog friendly. All shots and a sweet heart. Her name is Annabell. Couldn’t afford her. Please help.”
It is illegal to abandon animals, animal control officials said.
Another state law prohibits people from tethering a dog to a stationary object “for an unreasonable amount of time.”
Earlier in the month, Woodbridge Municipal Animal Control reported they were helping a dog named “Merritt” who they found July 15 after she was tortured and struck by two vehicles.
“Merritt’s” rear left leg had to be amputated after she was struck twice on the Merritt Parkway, WAC said.
Animal control officers also said in a Facebook post that “Merritt” had previously been tortured, citing mangled ears, scars on her body and signs that she had been underfed.
The week before that marked the beginning of the New Haven Police Department’s investigation into the alleged poisoning of a neighborhood of dogs.
Authorities began investigating in the Clark Street area July 7 after receiving multiple reports from residents that their dogs had been poisoned.
One resident told police his dog became violently sick after eating from an open cat food container in the area.
The cat food contained a foreign substance that a local veterinarian was unable to identify.
Dogs suffering after eating the food were treated as if they had been exposed to rat poison and a sample of the food was seized by police for analysis, said Capt. Anthony Duff.
A few days before, on July 5, West Haven officials responded to Sandy Point Beach parking lot where they found that a miniature schnauzer had been burned to death.
“I don’t even think there’s a chance that even hell would accept them,” said Chief of Police Joseph Perno when asked what he thought of the person who might commit such a crime.
Initial investigations indicated that the dog was set on fire and abandoned.
Investigation also suggested that an accelerant was used, said Sgt. Charles Young in a news release.
The discovery of the burned dog came less than a week after a pit bull mix was found dead in a cage in the woods in Bethany.
Woodbridge Animal Control officials named the dog Stella after removing her approximately 65-pound body from the crate, as they felt she deserved a name, said Officer Karen Lombardi.
There is evidence that Stella was alive when left in the crate and that she likely died within less than 18 hours of being discovered, Lombardi said.
Connecticut’s cruelty to animals law — CGS 53-247 (a) — says “individuals who have custody of an animal may not treat it cruelly; fail to provide it with proper food, drink, or shelter; abandon it; or carry or cause it to be carried in a cruel manner.”
A first violation of any of the above provisions in the statute is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, imprisonment for up to one year, or both.
Each subsequent offense is a class D felony, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, imprisonment for up to five years, or both.
The humane society offers several resources to help owners resolve pet-related problems without having to give them up.
For those that decide to find their pet a new home, tools such as the Shelter Pet Project can help with the location of the local shelters to begin the adoption process.
Some shelters require a surrender fee to cover the costs of caring for a pet while searching to rehouse it.
The Connecticut Humane Society’s standard request is $80 per pet.