Dog Rescue Operation Has Rats

SPCA of CT sought help for an infestation of Norway rats, an Old Coach Road woman saw three bobcats by her pool and deer continue to be struck by vehicles.

An Infestation of Norway Rats

Fred Acker of SPCA of CT at 359 Spring Hill Road asked Monroe Animal Control for assistance with a rodent problem on Nov. 26 and was given a wildlife fact sheet on the Norway Rat and a recommendation to hire an exterminator.

Exclusion methods and attempting to remove nesting and food was also discussed, according to police.

A Dog Bite

Fred Acker of SPCA of CT told Monroe Animal Control that a customer was walking around his Spring Hill Road property unescorted on Nov. 25, reached into one of the cages and was bitten by a dog causing a minor injury to a finger.

The dog was validly licensed and vaccinated, according to animal control, and a 14-day quarantine order was issued to keep the dog on the property and check its health as a precaution.


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Bobcats by the Pool

An Old Coach Road resident told police she saw two young bobcats drinking from her swimming pool on Nov. 28, and playing as their mother watched before leaving several minutes later.

Monroe Animal Control said that was normal behavior for the "urban bobcat" and determined that the animals posed no threat. The homeowner was given a wildlife fact sheet on bobcats.

A Sad Ending

A Blue Hills Road woman's long search for her missing cat came to a tragic end when police found it dead on Greenfield Hill Road last week.

Police said the 7-year-old Himalayan cross white with caramel markings and blue eyes escaped from the house during Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, and the cat's owner was trying to trap him ever since.

She read a report about a dead cat on Monroe Patch's Animal Reports, contacted Monroe Animal Control and her description matched the photos of the deceased cat, according to police.

"The remains were returned to the owner with our condolences," said Monroe Animal Control Officer Ed Risko.

Shelter Donations

The Monroe Animal Shelter expresses its gratitude for all who made donations of supplies to the Purdy Hill Road facility.

Monroe Animal Hospital donated specimen coolers and ice packs on Nov. 15.

On Nov. 17, the Burmester family donated 15 pounds of dry dog food.

The Palmieri family of Shelton donated wooden shipping pallets on Nov. 20 for a future Eagle Scout project.

The Bink family donated a medium-sized plastic carry crate on Nov. 28.

Roadside Casualties

A deer died after being struck by a vehicle on Scott Lane at around 6:11 p.m. on Nov. 16. Police said crash and deer kill incident reports were completed, adding the driver was not injured. The deer weighed around 200 pounds, police said.


A man driving north on Cutlers Farm Road at around 9:37 p.m. on Nov. 19 told police a deer jumped out from the woods, colliding with his car. The deer died but the driver was okay, according to police.

Firefighters were called in for a fluid spill from the car, according to the report.


A deer struck by a vehicle in the 500-block of Monroe Turnpike ran off into the woods, according to the report at 5:57 a.m. on Nov. 23. There was minor damage to the vehicle and police could not find the deer.


An officer responding to a call of an injured deer on Ripton Ridge Road at 11:48 a.m. on Nov. 23 could not find the animal, but police planned periodic checks of the area.


A woman driving north on Route 111 at around 6:34 p.m. on Nov. 26 told police she was approaching Crown View Drive when a deer ran in front of her car and she was unable to avoid striking it.

The driver was okay and the deer ran into the woods, police said, adding the car sustained extensive front-end damage. Police could not find the animal, but planned to search the area again in the daylight.


A driver reported hitting a stray cat as it ran across Purdy Hill Road at around 11:26 a.m. on Nov. 23. Police said the animal died from its injuries and its owner made arrangements for removal and burial of the cat.

A Lost Dog

A 10-year-old, white, male Bichon Frise was reported missing by its owner on Old Coach Road on Nov. 19.

Sick Raccoons Put Down

A sick raccoon reported in a yard on Deerfield Lane at 11:45 a.m. on Nov. 17 was euthanized and removed from the property.

Similar incidents were reported on Kensington Road on Nov. 21 and East Village Road on Nov. 22.

KikiMoon December 03, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Thank you so much to Officer Risko and the other ACO's. My cat, William, was the Himalayan mix found on a neighbor's property. I searched diligently for weeks to bring him home. He was an indoor only cat, and not used to the great outdoors...let alone a hurricane, 13.5 inch snowstorm, and below freezing temps. I appreciate everything!
jim laguardia December 03, 2012 at 02:45 PM
That guy has some stones, how about the neighbors that have to put up with the Rats that the SPCA probably drew in ?
Todd Fox December 03, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I definitely smell a rat at the SPCA. What options does the town have for dealing with it?
JoAnn Toth December 04, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Jim...... You have NO idea how totally disgusting that place is! I don't know what SPCA stands for, but if it has anything to do with the care of animals this guy has no clue! He is mean, a thief and a slob. Animals should not be in his care and this place should be burned to the ground.....along with ALL the "rats"


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