Hamden Police Dept

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  • 2900 Dixwell Ave

    Hamden, CT 06518

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  • 203-230-4000

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by News Channel 8's Annie Rourke Posted Feb. 22, 20086:05 PM

Hamden (WTNH) _ There is a gruesome site at the bottom of a cliff in Hamden. The remains of several dogs have literally been dumped at a transfer station.

"I wasn't expecting what I saw, to be honest," said Sharon Bass, editor of the cyber paper the Hamden Daily News.

"This person told me that they had seen the animal Hamden control officer take a dead dog, what appeared to be a dead dog, out of his truck and throw it down the cliff," Bass said.

When she looked down the cliff she saw four or five recently deceased dogs among the bones of older carcasses.

News Channel 8 has confirmed, this is the new policy in Hamden of how to dispose of dead animals, wild or domesticated. It is a cost-saving measure, the town used to pay for mass burials or cremations of unclaimed pets who had been hit by a car, or strays that had to be put down.

The policy change is shocking to former animal control officer, Gina Cahill. "There were some very difficult tasks that you have to do as an animal control officer but you did them with as much dignity as you possibly could," she said.

It's not just a sensitivity issue, Cahill was in office when a pack of wild dogs were roaming the area. They actually caught a couple of them at the landfill. She believes, not burying the animals, wild or domesticated, is not safe or sanitary.

Mayor Craig Henrici tells us the town is looking into why the animals weren't buried. He believes, it was an oversight by one of the employees at the transfer station. Those who saw it say they hope it won't happen again.

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by News Channel 8's Annie Rourke Posted Feb. 22, 20086:05 PM

Hamden (WTNH) _ There is a gruesome site at the bottom of a cliff in Hamden. The remains of several dogs have literally been dumped at a transfer station.

"I wasn't expecting what I saw, to be honest," said Sharon Bass, editor of the cyber paper the Hamden Daily News.

"This person told me that they had seen the animal Hamden control officer take a dead dog, what appeared to be a dead dog, out of his truck and throw it down the cliff," Bass said.

When she looked down the cliff she saw four or five recently deceased dogs among the bones of older carcasses.

News Channel 8 has confirmed, this is the new policy in Hamden of how to dispose of dead animals, wild or domesticated. It is a cost-saving measure, the town used to pay for mass burials or cremations of unclaimed pets who had been hit by a car, or strays that had to be put down.

The policy change is shocking to former animal control officer, Gina Cahill. "There were some very difficult tasks that you have to do as an animal control officer but you did them with as much dignity as you possibly could," she said.

It's not just a sensitivity issue, Cahill was in office when a pack of wild dogs were roaming the area. They actually caught a couple of them at the landfill. She believes, not burying the animals, wild or domesticated, is not safe or sanitary.

Mayor Craig Henrici tells us the town is looking into why the animals weren't buried. He believes, it was an oversight by one of the employees at the transfer station. Those who saw it say they hope it won't happen again.

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