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Family calls for policy changes 1 month after animal control officer killed dog

The family of the dog that was killed by an animal control officer last month is calling for policy changes.

News 12 Staff

Dec 11, 2020, 2:19 AM

Updated 1,290 days ago


The family of the dog that was killed by an animal control officer last month is calling for policy changes.
Attorney Robb Heering represents the family of Kitsu, a 13-year-old Shiba Inu who wandered from her home on Carroll Road one rainy night last month.
She was found nearby shortly after by a woman who slipped a leash on her neck and called animal control for help.
"We have a video of the animal control officer sitting very comfortably on the deck with this poor old dog sitting next to him, obediently sitting next to him," Heering said.
But the animal control officer believed Kitsu was a sick, young coyote. A statement from Fairfield's police chief said she "appeared to be in a state of severe distress, suffering from prolonged exposure to the elements."
"That sounds logical, except it was 52 degrees at 9 p.m. on Nov. 11 in Fairfield, Connecticut," said Heering.
The attorney says Kitsu had recently clipped nails and was microchipped - which was not checked.
Instead the officer called state resources for help. With no rehab facilities able to take Kitsu, she was killed.
"The most glaring inaccuracy was that the dog was humanely euthanized, but the dog was not euthanized. The dog was shot in the head, thrown in a garbage bag, and tossed into a dumpster," said Heering.
Fairfield police say that's considered humane for wildlife. The officer involved no longer works for the town.
The town is now reviewing its animal control procedures.
First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick says the head animal control officer was out on medical leave and the part-time officer was new. She says there was a series of mistakes made.
"What this highlighted is that we needed additional training for our police officers and for our animal control officers," said Kupchick.
Kupchick says she is vowing to make that happen along with other changes. Among them, Kupchick plans to have a local wildlife rehabber on call at all times.
"This is the first time anything like this has ever happened in the Town of Fairfield, and frankly, it will be the last time," said Kupchick.
The family of Kitsu is set to meet with the first selectwoman next week to talk about the proposed changes.

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