Fairfield Animal Control is a Division of the Fairfield Police Department, Special Services Division that enforces all State Laws and Town Ordinance related to animals. It is the responsibility of the Animal Control Division to investigate roaming dogs, animal bites, cruelty to animals, barking nuisance, unreasonable tethering or confining of a dog, town defecation ordinance, leash law, valid rabies vaccination, dog licensure and rabies related wildlife complaints that present an eminent danger to the public.
Animal Cruelty Seizure A.C.O. uniform patch Adopted dog
The Animal Control Division is not licensed as a pest control service. For concerns regarding nuisance, injured or orphaned wildlife you should consult the yellow pages for pest control service or contact the following numbers for advice:
Humane Society of the United States
Wildlife Advisory Hotline
State of Connecticut
Department of Environmental Protection
News Release on March 13, 2013
from the Town of Fairfield Health Department on rabid animals
On 5/4/2013 Fairfield Animal Control will be holding a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats at the Fairfield Animal Shelter, at 211 One Rod Highway. The clinic will be held from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm noon and the cost will be $20 cash per pet. Any pet owner that displays a state assistance card will receive one free vaccine for their pet. Per state law, all dogs and cats above 3 months of age must have a valid rabies vaccination. Any animal without previous rabies vaccination will receive a 1-year vaccine. All dogs should be on leashes and cats should be secure in carriers. For the 25th consecutive year, the attending veterinarian will be Dr. John Kristy of the Engleberg-Kristy Animal Hospital. If anyone has any questions, they can contact Fairfield Animal Control at 203-254-4857.
Connecticut state law requires that all dogs over 6 months of age wear a collar with a dog license on the collar. However we know that not all dogs wear collars with tags and cats are not required to wear collars with tags.
Recently Fairfield Animal Control has found that impounded dogs and cats with no tags have been found to have a microchip that is untraceable to the owner due to the owners not updating their personal information with the microchip companies. Frequently an impounded animals microchip traces back to someone or someplace (like a pet store or a breeding kennel) that no longer has the animal and has no information on who the new owner is.
We would like to advise pet owners to check with their microchip companies and their pet paperwork to be sure their owner information is up to date. When a pet owner moves or gives a dog away the information needs to be updated in the microchip company’s records. If a pet owner thinks there pet may be micro chipped but are unsure of the microchip company they can contact Animal Control to set up a time where their pet can be scanned for a microchip. The company can be contacted from the chip information and the information updated.
In the event of an emergency (natural disaster, injured pet, lost pet) microchips are valuable for identification purposes and could save your pets life if it is untagged. If any pet owner would like to microchip their dog or cat they can contact Animal Control Officer Vinnie Pennatto at 203-254-4857 for an appointment. The cost is $25 per pet.
Animal Control officers will host two coyote information seminars on January 26th 2013. They will be held at the Board of Education meeting room on the 2nd floor of the Riverview Plaza building at 501 Kings Highway East. The 1st from 2pm- 4pm is intended for town officials/employees and will cover coyote habits/management/habitat ect. The 2nd will be held from 6pm-8pm and will be a general public seminar covering all aspects of coyote behavior including pet protection/coyote conflicts and removal and trapping. The speakers will be Chris Vann and Paul Rego from the State of CT Wildlife Division.
Response to Coyotes and other Wild Animals
On February 1, 2012, a resident on Mountain Laurel Road reported that she let her small dog outside at 8:00 pm. A short time later she heard the dog barking and could not locate it in her yard. The owner then searched the area in her car and did see a coyote in the area. On 2/3/12 the owner located her deceased dog across the street from her house in a wooded area. She stated her dog looked like it had been eaten by a coyote but could identify it. Animal Control wants dog owners to know about the dangers of coyotes to pets so they can take added precautions.
On January 23rd, 2010, a Fairfield resident let her two dogs outside when one of the dogs had a confrontation with what the owner believes was a coyote. The dog sustained a leg injury and was treated by a veterinarian the following day. Although confrontations between coyotes and domestic animals are fairly uncommon, incidents like this do happen. Authorities have been seeing an increase in frequency of these types of incidents. The majority of coyote and pet confrontations that have occurred during evening hours or darkness and pets had been left unattended without supervision.
Steps that can be taken to reduce coyotes as being a threat around your home include feeding and keeping pets indoors, supervising pets when they are taken outdoors, removing brush-cover that coyotes and other wild animals can take cover in, disposing of trash appropriately, and taking other sources of food or prey into consideration that may be in your yard. Keeping your pet up-to-date on its rabies vaccinations is also an important task that can protect both you and your pet in the event of a wild animal confrontation.
In the event that your pet is attacked by a coyote, do not attempt to break-up the incident with your bare hands, as this is the perfect chance for you to get bitten by both animals. Loud noises like yelling, banging on a metal pan or beeping the horn on your vehicle may scare away the coyote. Use a hand-held portable air horn, which can be purchased at many outdoor or marine sporting goods stores.
If your pet comes into contact with a coyote or other animal, do not handle your pet without using latex gloves. Saliva could remain on your pet’s body. Contain your pet in a room of your house or your garage, away from you and members of your family and call Fairfield Animal Control at (203) 254-4857 or the Fairfield Police Department at (203) 254-4800 and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
The Fairfield Animal Control Division received reports in the past month, of a hawk in the area of Roger Ludlow High School. A Red-shouldered Hawk is reported to have attacked five people. A nest was removed on 1/27/12 from the front of the school as a precaution. The latest incident was reported on 2/1/12.
The Fairfield Police are in consultation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wildlife Services, due to the hawks federally protected status. The hawk cannot be removed unless it poses a serious risk to persons.
Animals recovered by the Animal Control are pictured on http://www.petfinder.org/shelters/CT197.html
Anyone wishing to report a dead animal on the side of the road should call the Animal Control office at 203-254-4857.
If you witness a wild animal that appears to be rabid, call the Fairfield Police Department at 203-254-4800.
|Cat Aggression to People|
|Cat Destructive Scratching|
|Cat Proof Your House|
|Bringing Home a New Cat|
|Litter Box Training|
|Coyotes: Living With|
|Calming Fearful Dogs|
|Canine Escape Artist|
|Dogs Destructive Chewing|
|Dogs In Cars|
|House Training Puppies|
|Dogs Overcoming Noise|
|Positive Reinforcement for Dogs|
|Crate Training Your Dog|
|Leave the Fawns Alone|
|NWCO Directory 3/2009|
|Preparing For New Baby & Pets|
|Rehab Directanimal_control\animal_control_pdf\2009_rehab_directory.pdfory 3/2009|
|What to Consider Before Adopting A Pet|
|The above documents are in .pdf format|