Filthy Conditions Alleged At Derby Dog Pound

by Ethan Fry | Apr 16, 2012 11:25 pm | 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.

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Documents Reveal Conflicts Of Interest At Ansonia Housing Authority

by Jodie Mozdzer Gil | Feb 3, 2012 3:57 pm | Comments (2)

While James Finnucan was in charge of the Ansonia Housing Authority, his family also collected rent from tenants in a Section 8 apartment the Finnucans owned, the Valley Independent Sentinel has learned.

The arrangement was a conflict of interest and Finnucan should have resigned or sought a waiver, according to the regulations of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

However, Finnucan never sought a waiver and he didn’t resign until Dec. 28, 2011 — 17 months after Ansonia Housing Authority employee Gwen Archer first complained about the situation.

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High Kill Rate Triggers Change At Derby Dog Pound

by Jodie Mozdzer Gil | Mar 17, 2011 11:01 am | Comments (8)

PHOTO: Jodie MozdzerFor the past three and a half years, one out of every two dogs taken to the Derby pound was killed.

The death rate is far and away the highest in the lower Naugatuck Valley, according to records reviewed by the Valley Independent Sentinel.

In some cases, the dogs were perfectly healthy. Several were young. Others were desirable, easy-to-adopt breeds such as Labradors and terriers.

The practice was a cost-saving measure, according to Derby Police Department administrators.

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