Multiple dogs abandoned around Manchester


Michelle Brodsky, Staff Writer

This past weekend, two abandoned dogs were found near the Bolton town line and the Glastonbury line, respectively.

Unfortunately, over the past several months, eight to 10 small dogs have been abandoned in different areas of Manchester.

All of the dogs rescued have had such matted and tangled fur that they needed to be sedated in order to be shaved.

The fur on one of the shih tzus found was so overgrown that he was unable to go to the bathroom unassisted.

The dogs had sticks, leaves, branches, and fecal matter lodged in their fur.

The Manchester Animal Control has reached out to the public, seeking help in finding the individual responsible for this abuse.

Animal Control Officer Elease McConnell stated that whoever has been neglecting these dogs has caused them constant pain from their knotted fur.

She went on to say that the person responsible could be a local breeder or a resident of Manchester or a nearby town.

She suspects that if the individual is indeed a breeder, they simply abandon the puppies that cannot be sold or are the result of an unplanned pregnancy.

All of the dogs found were between one and four years old, and almost all of them have been male.

Shih tzus require constant care and frequent grooming and it was evident that these dogs had not been groomed for at least a year.

While all of the dogs found have been adopted by new families, the person responsible for these heinous acts has not yet been identified.

After visiting the West Hartford Animal Control Facility, Senator Richard Blumenthal has begun to heavily push for the enactment of the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture, or PACT Act.

Blumenthal stated that he and Pennsylvania Senator, Pat Toomey, want to outlaw a form of abuse, called crushing whereby people maim and torture powerless animals.

“Crushing defenseless animals is barbaric, disgusting, and wrong. There is no place for it in our society,” said Senator Toomey.

According to Blumenthal’s office, “the Humane Society of the United States, National Sheriffs’ Association, Fraternal Order of Police and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys support the bill.”

Anybody who has any information about this act of pure negligence should call the Animal Control office at 860-645-5516 to help these animals.