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Bridgeport Animal Control gives tips for reporting dogs left out in the cold

January 3, 2019

BRIDGEPORT — The city’s animal control office issued some advice recently for what to do and what not to do when it comes to reporting dogs left out in the cold this winter.

First, the office said, residents should call dispatch and give the exact address and location of the dog, including how long the dog has been outside if that information is known. If callers see a roaming dog, they should provide the last locations they saw the dog and a detailed description of it.

Anyone who calls in a dog left out in the cold can choose whether they want to give a statement to the animal control officer regarding details of the case.

“Written statements are very helpful in prosecuting animal cruelty charges,” the animal control office said. Dated photographs and video can also be accepted as evidence.

Written statements from residents should include their name, address and phone number in case an officer needs to follow up.

“Please understand that we want to get these dogs inside as bad as you do,” the animal control office said.

But among things not to do are stealing the dog from the yard, officials said. This action can hinder an animal cruelty case, the animal control office said.

Voicemail messages and emails should not be sent to the animal control office overnight because they are not checked until the morning. The office said they would rather send an overtime officer to the place immediately.

Those reporting the incident are also encouraged not to take pictures and post them on social media, tagging rescue organizations or individuals.

“They cannot take legal action against the dog owner. They cannot legally remove the dog from the premises,” the animal control office said. “Often these pictures might circulate for days before someone report it to us. We want to be there much faster.”

Residents can call in animal cruelty at any time at 203-576-7671.

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