by Eugene Driscoll | Jun 3, 2012 6:57 am | Comments (0)
Saying the move will save some money and provide better services, the Board of Aldermen voted May 24 to give permission to Mayor Anthony Staffieri to sign an agreement that will see Woodbridge handle animal control services for Derby.
by Eugene Driscoll | Apr 30, 2012 8:53 pm | Comments (0)
The Derby dog pound will remain closed at least until the end of the fiscal year in July and if all goes as planned may never reopen, Derby Police Chief Gerald Narowski said last week.
Narowski and the Derby Board of Aldermen discussed the fate of the city’s Coon Hollow Road facility at an Aldermen meeting April 26.
by Eugene Driscoll | Apr 24, 2012 3:47 pm | Comments (0)
Dr. T.C. Nanavati said Tuesday the pit bull that was brought to his office April 13 from the Derby dog pound should have received medical attention much earlier — regardless of who owned or had control of the animal.
But does the lack of medical attention equate to animal neglect?
“I do not know about the legal definition. I said ‘appeared neglected’ but I did not blame anyone and say a person definitely neglected that dog,” Nanavati said.
by STAFF | Apr 24, 2012 7:46 am | Comments (0)
Dr. T.C. Nanavati, the Seymour vet who treated an unhealthy pit bull that had been living at the Derby dog pound, finally broke his silence Monday.
In an interview with WTNH-TV, Nanavati tells reporter Tina Detelj that the animal had sores on its legs and was missing hair on its tail and side.
Click play on the video to watch. Click here to read the WTNH story.
by Eugene Driscoll (VIS) and Paul Singley (Oxford Patch) | Apr 20, 2012 6:41 pm | Comments (1)
The Derby Police Department has launched a criminal probe to determine whether any laws were violated while the municipal dog pound was under the supervision of former Animal Control Officer Joe Klapcik.
by By Oxford Patch and The Valley Indy | Apr 20, 2012 5:54 am | Comments (0)
A veterinarian’s letter detailing the condition of a dog found at the Derby pound is raising new questions about the level of care provided at the embattled facility.
The letter states one pit bull taken from the pound April 13 “appeared to be neglected.”
The undated letter, obtained by Oxford Patch and the Valley Independent Sentinel, was written by Dr. T.C. Nanavati of the Ansonia Animal Hospital in Seymour.
The dog was brought to the vet by an assistant animal control officer from Oxford, who found the dog in the Derby pound and was concerned for its health.
by Eugene Driscoll and Ethan Fry | Apr 17, 2012 11:55 pm | Comments (4)
Lauren Samperi went to the Derby animal shelter last September with her 9-year-old son and instantly fell in love with a dog named Chase.
She went to the Coon Hollow Road facility several times in an attempt to see if the dog would make a good fit for her family.
About 18 months old, the pit bull would follow commands, was “submissive and sweet,” and had good manners, Samperi said.
She didn’t say the same about Derby’s veteran animal control officer, Joe Klapcik.
by Ethan Fry | Apr 17, 2012 12:25 am | Comments (3)
Last year, when the Valley Independent Sentinel investigated the extraordinarily high kill rate at the Derby dog pound, animal advocates questioned the commitment and management skills of Joe Klapcik, the city’s animal control officer.
Those questions surfaced again Monday, after news spread that Klapcik abruptly quit his job Friday.
by STAFF | Apr 16, 2012 11:12 am | Comments (0)
Derby’s animal control officer, Joe Klapcik, “abruptly resigned” Friday (April 13), according to police.
Klapcik, whose tenure as animal control officer spanned revelations of a high kill rate at the shelter and recent changes that have resulted in fewer dogs being put down — had planned to retire at the end of the month.
Officials said Oxford animal control officials will step in to help out while Derby looks for a new animal control officer.
by Jodie Mozdzer Gil | Mar 27, 2012 4:08 pm | Comments (8)
In the year after the Valley Indy published a report about a high kill rate at the Derby Animal Shelter, the city’s animal control operations have seen a dramatic change.
Since March 2011, the city has only euthanized two dogs — an 8 percent kill rate, compared to the 48 percent rate from the three previous years.