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Oxford Resident Trooper Rescues Four-Legged Victim

Posted on February 1, 2016 by in Connecticut, Hometown

Vicki Donohoe

OXFORD, CT (January 27, 2016) – On Friday, January 22, 2016 at approximately 2:36 p.m., Trooper Donohoe #1073 was dispatched to 288 Governors Hill Road in the town of Oxford for an anonymous phone call regarding a German shepherd dog being neglected.

Upon arriving on scene Trooper Donohoe spoke to the complainant who stated that he has noticed a German shepherd that is always tied up and left outside even in extremely cold weather and that at night he can hear the dog dropping his food bowl on the ground over and over.

Trooper Donohoe observed the dog and noticed it was very thin, unkempt and had patchy fur, consistent with a neglected animal. Trooper Donohoe also saw that the dog was tied with an approximately 5-foot-long leash and had no food or water within sight. Based on the overall condition of the dog, Trooper Donohoe and the Oxford Selectman Jeff Haney took possession of the dog and transported him to the Beacon Falls Animal Hospital.

While at the animal hospital, Veterinarian Sackler conducted an examination on the dog and found it to be a blatant starvation/neglect case. Aside from being 20-25 pounds underweight, the dog had various medical issues to include frost bite damaged ears and heart worms.

Trooper Donohoe conducted more interviews and found that his was an ongoing neglect case. Trooper Donohoe located the dog’s owner, Jonathon Foster (DOB: 07/01/1989) and charged him with Cruelty to Animals (CGS 53-247), Tethering and Confining a Dog for an Unreasonable Period of Time (CGS 22-350a), Failure to License (CGS 22-338) and Failure to Vaccinate (CGS 22-339b). Foster is scheduled to appear in Derby Superior Court on 3/1/16 at 0930 hours.

The dog remains in the custody of the Town of Oxford who will be looking to find an adopted home for him.

About the Connecticut State Police

The Connecticut State Police, founded in 1903, is the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Connecticut. Over 1,100 troopers from eleven barracks patrol over 7,000 miles of roadway and serve as the primary law enforcement agency for 81 towns in Connecticut, totaling over 2,600 square miles. The agency has a variety of specialized resources that enhance our ability to investigate and solve crime as well as assist local, state and federal agencies. Our goal is to deter and solve crime, promote highway safety and build relationships with the community through professionalism, respect, integrity, dedication and equality.

This article was originally published on CT.gov.