Dog Seen Hanging from the Window of a Passing Car

Amid handling animal calls, Monroe Animal Control benefited from the generosity of area residents of late.

Dog Hangs from Car Window

A woman reported seeing a dog being held while hanging outside the passenger window of a passing car as she drove north on Hattertown Road at around 3:50 p.m. on Dec. 8.

An officer located the dog owner, who said she was driving when the dog tried to climb out the window and her passenger was able to catch it just before it fell. The dog was uninjured, validly licensed and no police action was required, according to Monroe Animal Control Officer Ed Risko.

Coyote Crossings

A driver reported seeing a coyote cross the street on Turkey Roost Road, according to a report filed at 8:08 a.m. on Dec. 9. An officer searched the area and was unable to find the animal.


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Police determined it was routine, normal activity and that the animal was not sick or injured. The driver was given Common Caution tips about coyotes.


On Dec. 10, a motorist reported seeing a large coyote crossing East Village Road. Police said the animal did not appear to be sick or injured and exhibited normal behavior. The driver was given Common Caution tips and a fact sheet about coyotes.

Holiday Giving

Dogs staying at the Monroe Animal Shelter have been benefiting from the holiday spirit of area residents. Monroe Animal Control Officer Ed Risko expressed his gratitude to everyone who has made donations.

An anonymous donor left 42 pounds of dry dog food, a 15 pound box of dog treats and two cases of canned dog food at the front gate of the Monroe Animal Shelter on Purdy Hill Road on Dec. 8.

On Dec. 11, another anonymous donor left a plastic bag filled with blankets and dog toys at the pound's gate.

The Colaiacomo family donated an assortment of rawhid chews to the shelter on Dec. 11.

The Monroe Animal Hospital donated specimen coolers to Monroe Animal Control on Dec. 11. Animal Control Officer Ed Risko thanks the hospital for its continued support.

Wildlife Fatalities

A Fan Hill Road woman called police to report that a dead deer was in her yard, alongside the house, at 9:22 a.m. on Dec. 12. The doe, which weighed an estimated 75 pounds, had been fed upon by a vulture and a coyote. Police believe it was struck by a vehicle and managed to walk to the yard, where it died of its injuries.

The resident gave police short video footage of the coyote and was given Common Caution tips about the animal.


An 80-pound doe was struck and killed by a vehicle on Roosevelt Drive (Route 34) when the animal entered the roadway without warning at around 4:45 p.m. on Dec. 7, police said. A State Deer Kill Incident Report form was completed and the carcass was removed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.


A 70-pound buck was struck and killed by a vehicle on Elm Street, according to a report filed at 8:45 a.m. on Dec. 9. A State Deer Kill Incident Report form was completed and the carcass was removed.


A 25-pound raccoon died after being struck by a vehicle on Cutlers Farm Road, according to the report made at 7:16 a.m. on Dec. 10.


A 100-pound doe was struck and killed by a vehicle when it jumped out into the roadway on Route 110 at around 4:43 p.m. on Dec. 11. A State Deer Kill Incident Report form was completed and the carcass was removed by the Connecticut DOT.

Atuno December 24, 2012 at 06:58 PM
What nice sentiments, you sound like a real Mensch.....have you heard about karma, fate - one who lives by the sword, dies by the sword? Good going, Walt....
Alex December 24, 2012 at 09:45 PM
While slowing down can help its certainly no guarantee to prevent deer strikes. A buck ran into my car on a side road last year. I braked when I saw the deer and he proceed to run into the side of my stopped car. Its a bad assumption to make that people must be speeding when a deer strike occurs.
christine December 26, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Why in the world would anyone keep driving while their dog was being held hanging outside the window? It could easily fall to the pavement and be injured/run over. Common sense would tell you to pull over right away. I see a lack of common sense these days, though.
Atuno December 26, 2012 at 07:52 PM
One may not be able to avoid all animal related accidents, but slowing down and driving defensively has proven to deter many collisions, especially at dusk and dawn. Understanding that if one sees one deer, there may be another or two to follow. It is logical, however, that collisions at lower speeds are far less serious than those at high and breakneck speeds!
Kim Collins January 02, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Can I just ask if anyone knows if residents are encouraged to report sightings of Coyote? This morning while waiting with a group of children at the bus stop we saw two large coyotes approximately 30 feet from us just wallking by.


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