Town of Woodbridge responds after water complaints at animal shelter

Woodbridge officials responded today to volunteers' complaints that the water at the town's animal shelter has triggered health concerns. Officials at the Woodbridge Animal Shelter on Bradley Road

News 12 Staff

Sep 23, 2014, 1:48 AM

Updated 3,551 days ago

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Woodbridge officials responded today to volunteers' complaints that the water at the town's animal shelter has triggered health concerns.
Officials at the Woodbridge Animal Shelter on Bradley Road say high sodium levels have plagued the facility's well water for the past three years.
Volunteers say that after looking at the results of two water quality tests, they went to the town to say they have had enough.
Woodbridge Animal Control Officer Karen Lombardi says volunteers noticed the dogs were hesitating to drink the water and suffered minor digestive upsets when they did. Lombardi says sodium levels have increased in the past several months.
Volunteers tell News 12 that problems with the water pressure and lack of hot water have also sparked safety concerns for the animals.
Anthony Genovese, an official with the town of Woodbridge, says the town's first concern is the welfare of the animals and staff at the shelter, and that bottled water was brought in immediately. Genovese says permanent solutions to the problem have been discussed.
Town officials say they are discussing tapping into the town's water supply or drilling a new well. For now, volunteers are lugging bottles of water to the animals' cages to keep them healthy and hydrated. They say the town needs to make a decision and do it quickly.


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