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City issues statement on troubled dog

Bristol City Hall

Bristol City Hall

The Mayor’s Office issued a press release saying on February 28, 2016 a Great Dane named Rex escaped from his yard and attacked and killed a small dog being walked on a leash by a mother and her young daughter. On previous occasions Rex had also escaped from his yard and attacked other small dogs in the neighborhood.

Several residents in the neighborhood complained to Police that they were in constant fear of this dog and something needed to be done because the dog was vicious and clearly beyond the owner’s control.

On March 3, 2016, after consultation with the Animal Control Officers at the State of Connecticut, Department of Agriculture, the City of Bristol issued a disposal order and impounded Rex.

Due to the backlog at the Department of Agriculture, the hearing on this Disposal Order will not be scheduled until next year.

In November the Bristol Animal Control Officer observed that Rex was losing weight and brought him immediately to the veterinarian. Since that time, Bristol officers have transported the animal to the vet for four additional visits and treatment. The owner elected to bring Rex to the veterinary center at Tuff’s University for surgery. (For which the City is committed to pay due to the owner’s lack of resources.)

The City still takes the position that Rex presents a public safety hazard but will take all necessary steps and more to see that any animal in its custody receives proper veterinary care.

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