Animal Reports: A Coyote Attacks, An Opossum Plays Dead

Wildlife reports and dog news this week.

A Coyote Attacks

A Pilgram Lane woman let her 11-pound dog out to relieve itself at 11 p.m. Tuesday. Five minutes later she heard what sounded like a cat screeching through her closed windows, police said.

She opened a window and called for her dog, then opened the door to her backyard and saw a coyote running away.

The woman found her dog standing in a neighbor's yard in shock with multiple bite wounds. Animal Control said one of the dog's eyes was hanging out of the socket and the animal couldn't move.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian's office for $3,000 worth of care. Monroe Animal Control Officer Ed Risko said it was vaccinated for rabies and validly licensed. But a booster rabies vaccination was provided and the pet will be kept inside its home for a strict 45-day confinement as a precaution.

Officers are hoping the coyote attack was brought on by territorial aggression, rather than den site aggression. If it is territorial, the coyote would be continuing to travel within its five to 15 square-mile range. But if it's den aggression, then it likely has a partner and will be in the area protecting the den until puppies are born in the late summer, Risko said.

Seventy-five homeowners in the area were questioned about coyote sightings and so far evidence is pointing to territorial aggression, according to Risko.

Those with coyote problems and sightings or who want information on the animal should call Monroe Animal Control at (203) 452-3760.


Playing Dead

A dog on Windgate Circle attacked and injured an oppossum at 10:26 a.m. on March 8. When the pet dropped the oppossum, the animal played dead, was removed by the owner, then fled the area, so a specimen was unavailable for rabies testing.

The incident was reported to Monroe Animal Control by Countryside Vet Hospital, 374 Leavenworth Road (Route 110) in Shelton.

Police said the dog was already vaccinated, but it was given a booster vaccination and a strict 45-day home confinement order was issued.

The owner was given a written warning for failure to license.


Fox Sightings

A Quarter Horse Road resident told police that a fox chased her dog in her yard at 9:12 a.m. on March 9. There was no exposure and the dog was validly vaccinated and licensed.

Animal Control Officer Ed Risko said the fox may have been inquisitive about the dog and trying to play with it.

In a separate incident, a fox missing some hair was seen on Hillside Lane, according to a complaint filed at 1:29 p.m. on Tuesday. Police believe the animal may be suffering from mange.

There was no exposure and Animal Control was unable to find the fox.

A similar report was made on Stoney Brook Drive at 8:44 a.m. March 9.


Deer Impaled

A deer was found dead at 8:05 a.m. March 10, hanging impaled on a backyard fence. Police said the whitetail deer failed in its attempt to jump over a five-foot-high metal picket fence — falling and impaling itself.

The carcass was removed.

In a separate report the carcass of a deer struck by a vehicle was removed from Moose Hill Road at 8:32 a.m. Monday.


A Fiesty Feline

A stray "vicious cat" was seen at the back door of a Pepper Street residence Wednesday night.

Police said there was no exposure and the homeowner was referred to private rescue groups or for trapping so the cat can be taken to the vet.


Lost Dogs

A beagle and a Lhasa mix reported missing on High Ridge Road Sunday afternoon were found by their owner. Both pets are validly vaccinated and licensed.

A grey-white Polish Lowland Sheep dog with no tail, weighing 30 pounds escaped from its keeper on Rolling Ridge Road in Shelton — near the Booth Hill Road section of Trumbull — at 6:34 p.m. Sunday. It is still missing.


Warnings for Unlicensed Dogs

Twenty nine pet owners were mailed warnings for failure to license their dog over the past week. Monroe Animal Control is performing inspections in town to enforce the dog licensing law.

Risko said mud on a door and bags of dog food with curbside garbage are tell-tale signs of dog ownership for properties where the town has no record of a license.


Roaming Dog Complaints

A roaming stray dog was killed when it was hit by a vehicle on Moose Hill Road at 3:38 p.m. on March 9. The owner recovered the dog and was given a complaint advisory for the roaming dog violation.

A brown and tan mixed breed wearing a red collar was seen roaming on Garder Road at around 6:04 p.m. on March 10. Police were unable to locate the dog.

A stray German Shepherd mix was seen roaming on Northbrook Drive at 6:11 p.m. on March 10. Police were unable to locate it.

A stray German Shepherd was seen roaming near a pond on Rolling Ridge at 6:49 p.m. March 10. Police were unable to locate it.

A small Fox Terrier mix that was see roaming on Monroe Turnpike at 8:55 Monday morning was captured near the intersection of Cross Hill Road and Elm Street and impounded.

Shelton and Trumbull animal controls were notified, but no one has claimed the white, black and tan dog, which may be available for adoption within seven days after the public advertisement date. (See photo)

An Osborn Lane resident was issued a written warning for a roaming dog violation and for failure to license Tuesday morning after her dog roamed onto a neighbor's property without her permission.

A stray Cocker Spaniel was seen on Josie's Ring Road at 8:15 Thursday morning. Police were unable to locate the dog.

Stephanie G March 15, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I must say that I'm somewhat surprised/disheartened at the number of Monroe residents who either have really bad fencing (that they won't fix) or just don't seem to care that their dogs are out wandering the neighborhood.


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