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Letter: West Hartford Animal Control Building Needs Immediate Attention

Existing West Hartford Animal Control facility at 36 Brixton Street. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

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To the Editor:

This is the town that cares. We have revisited this on quite a few occasions. Over and over it is pushed to the bottom of our WH projects when in reality it should go to the top.

There is no place here for the dogs to meet others or even have a simple play time. The outside asphalt has weeds growing up and is in terrible condition. Dogs cut their paws on it if let out to stretch legs. This stretching of legs can only be done running around the other kenneled dogs as well. Stressful for many.

To hang out with beautiful Muffin and Sasha today, I had to meet them in the crowded and cramped office which has two guinea pigs currently and a cat on its way in. If the dogs are not ok with this, it raises anxiety and stress for all, cats and guinea pigs as well of course.

I was here when a bird took up space on the floor.

The pipes for waste are old and awful with roots causing poor drainage. Two nights ago the sewage backed up.

Let’s not even mention the bathroom for the humans!

We can tell so much about a person by the way they treat their animals. What does it say for us as a town??

BTW, Muffin 1-year-old, and Sasha, 6-year-old, are warm and friendly. I met them today in the cramped and dismal office. Luckily they had no interest in the two guinea pigs on the counter.

Muffin and Sasha would make amazing companions. I didn’t get to hang with Zeus because the poor cat was on its way.

We can do better. Let’s move the new pound effort to the top – not two or three years from now. C’mon West Hartford.

Free consultation for anyone who brings home one of our WH pound dogs.

Debbie Sheridan
Debbie’s4Dogs LLC
Certified and Insured Dog Behavior Consultant/Trainer for the humans
West Hartford

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