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Fairfield Flood Brings Three Dogs to Monroe's Shelter

Monroe joined other area towns in taking in 14 displaced dogs after Hurricane Sandy flooded out the Fairfield Animal Shelter.

Heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy caused flood waters to roll over Fairfield's beach area and the town animal shelter was among the buildings and homes sustaining serious damage. The facility's 14 impounded dogs had to be moved to an emergency shelter before being taken in by pounds in the region, where the animals will stay until damage to Fairfield's shelter can be assessed.

Dogs were brought to pounds in Easton, New Canaan, Weston and Monroe, which is caring for three pit bulls at its shelter on Purdy Hill Road (See the photos).

Monroe's new tenants moved in on Tuesday.

An Abandoned Dog

The Monroe Animal Shelter also took in a beagle terrier mix on Monday after trapping it on the Paugussett Trail at Barn Hill Road Extension over the weekend.

Risko said animal control received several complaints on Saturday after the small brown and white dog was abandoned by the river on Barn Hill Road.

While trying to find its owners, Risko said the dog continued searching by looking at cars — putting itself in danger by standing in the road. The dog was fearful of strangers and would not approach, keeping her distance.

A live trap was set and baited in the area on Saturday and checked over the weekend, according to Risko. Then it was moved to a second location on Sunday and the dog was captured by 7 a.m. on Monday morning.

Risko said the dog was removed and impounded, adding police still don't know who its owner is.

Jennifer November 02, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Those poor dogs! So glad they were taken in by area shelters! The beagle/terrier mix: my family and I were returning home from a Halloween party late Saturday night when we came upon her smack in the middle of Route 111 not far from the high school. We stopped and tried coaxing her into our truck several times by offering her a treat or a "ride". She approached my door but as soon as I opened darted off. We followed her for a distance with our hazards on as she was trotting in the middle of the road and were fearful an oncoming vehicle wouldn't see her in the road. She eventually turned down a long driveway and disappeared. My boys were hopeful that she found her home but I knew better as she had no tags/collar and looked very scared and lost. My little guy said a prayer for her that night for her safety and that she would find her way home. (He was in tears!) So happy to come upon this article this morning and see that she is safe, especially since Hurricane Sandy's presence could have made for a worse outcome. Great job Monroe residents for reporting her and Monroe Animal Control for trapping and giving her shelter. I hope her owners are looking intently for her as she them and that she was not abandoned. It's wonderful to know there are people out there who care so much for strays and their safety. Going to surprise my boys and pay a visit to the pound so they can see she is safe. :)

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