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Escaped Rottweiler Captured Safely

Submitted release

The Simsbury and Granby Police Departments have worked diligently with residents to locate and capture the Rottweiler dog that escaped from a kennel in Bloomfield on Dec. 2, 2013. In a coordinated effort between police departments and the community, the dog was safely captured in Granby on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. 

The dog had frequented a particular area in Granby for the last couple of days. A Granby resident in that area provided a desirable environment for the dog, which allowed for a temporary detention of the dog until officials arrived. The Granby and Simsbury Police Departments secured the dog and safely brought it to a veterinarian. 

The Simsbury Police Department extends its gratitude to members of the community who helped and offered to help with the recovery of this dog 

Carol McKenzie December 12, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Special thanks to Simsbury Police ACO Mark Rudewicz for sticking with this poor pup & getting him back to a safe, warm environment!!
Beverly Miller December 12, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Great work, Officer Rudewicz! A happy ending is always the best news to get. Thank you for your outstanding service to the community.
Karen's Dog Training Blog December 12, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Awesome job Officer Rudewicz. I knew you would finally get this dog in out of the cold. Thanks to all who helped make that happen. A lot of people worked behind the scenes...
Kimberly Huot December 12, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Glad to hear he was safely captured. Facebook allowed me to learn that he was missing and a then yesterday in the late afternoon I saw this dog in Granby running along the road. He got spooked when I stopped my car, but I called Granby Police to let them know his whereabouts and today he was captured. Thanks for letting residents know that you needed help and to look out for him.
Elizabeth Sarah Hardersen December 12, 2013 at 08:07 PM
He did not wind up at my door by chance, but destiny, fate, luck, call it what you like. I am a Dog Trainer and have 3, less that perfect pups of my own. I was also, until recently, a regular volunteer at the shelter in Bloomfield. Well, I'm back. "Dasher" will be a special case for me. He needs an advocate and he found me. Hang in there big guy, I swear, people are really nice.
John Fitts (Editor) December 12, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone. Elizabeth I am celebrating my son's birthday tonight but would love to hear more of the story. Feel free to email me at john.fitts@patch.com if you'd like to share more and I will respond as soon as I can.
Karen's Dog Training Blog December 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM
John - From what I read on a fb age, this dog was euthanized by City of Hartford yesterday based on previous dangerous behavior exhibited. This dog was living tethered in a basement hallway in Htfd when he was taken by Hartford ACO. The Hartford ACO does not make decisions to euthanize dog unless the dog has shown dangerous behaviors. A sad end, but this poor dog never had a chance due to the people who chained him up in a basement......
Beverly Miller December 13, 2013 at 11:01 AM
A very sad outcome that has upset many people. My information is the ACO's in Simsbury and Granby captured the dog with good intentions for its rehab and opportunity for a comfortable life which it had NEVER had in the past. Since Hartford had jurisdiction, they decided to PTS without informing anyone participating in the capture and based on the dog's past behavior not its future potential. Many dog lovers have been following this saga and stood ready to volunteer whatever might have been requested by the authorities. Now, we mourn the loss of this innocent mistreated dog who probably never had the basic care that animals need to thrive. And, we feel cheated out of a happy ending that we wanted to make happen. We continue to praise the Granby and Simsbury officials and residents who participated in the dogs capture without incident. And, we will continue to stand up and speak out for creatures who have no voice.
Rita McKenna December 13, 2013 at 11:23 AM
My family is so sad to hear about what happened to this poor dog. He was spotted in my yard two times and both times looked scared and hungry. When I called out to him he did not show any aggression. I am sure this dog could have been saved and loved by the right family. The Hartford authorities could have reached out to someone in other communities to find a place for this unfortunate creature.
Karen's Dog Training Blog December 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM
I am going to stick up for the Hartford ACO. She saves hundreds of dogs from horrible situations and places them in homes and rescues. She knows dogs and knows dog behavior. When Sherry says a dog is NOT safe, the dog is not safe. This dog was doomed the day he was born because he ended up in a terrible place with horrible owners. Everyone who was involved from agencies in Granby, Simsbury, Hartford cried when this dog was euthanized. A man who is former Marine and Hartford Police officer, a seasoned Animal Control officer from Hartford who has seen cruelty and neglect that in unimaginable, the vet who helped tranquilize the dog so he could be safely caught and the people who put the dog down cried and are saddened at the way it HAD to be. The Hartford ACO had worked with this dog and knew the dog was dangerous. The dog was going to be put down and then he escaped. Then everyone knew about him. Instead of bashing these caring people who had to end this dog's life because a piece of scum damaged the dog beyond repair - turn your attention to the dogs out there who can be saved and need homes. Not all dogs can be saved. That is a fact. I have volunteered at 2 city shelters and one private organization and I have seen dangerous dogs and the right thing is to let them go peacefully from lives that are full of fear, aggression, and just pure hell...... Read my blog on Patch "Sometimes Love is Not Enough" Countless family pets are killed daily because they are too dangerous and damaged to save. Leave the rescuers of this dog alone. They are mourning the death of this dog..
Beverly Miller December 13, 2013 at 12:34 PM
@ The Dog Blog, your rant is uncalled for and misguided. And, I wonder who it is directed at ? I don't see any aspersions cast upon the rescuers on here or bashing or any negative thought, words or deeds that would justify' leaving the rescuers alone'. I do admit to my deep disappointment with whoever made decisions in Hartford. I do not apologize for my position , as I already said, because it was based on the info available. . Regarding the other points in your lecture, you are patronizing an inappropriate audience. You should know better. A final observation on Hartford's performance; it appears that officials did not reach out to the citizens that were following this story like Granby and Simsbury. Some recognition and respect through good communication with concerned people would have been appreciated.
Rita McKenna December 13, 2013 at 01:42 PM
I totally agree with Beverly. The citizens following the story were concerned about the well being of the dog. There was no mention that the dog was going to be put down immediately upon capture, or that it was in the process of being put down and then escaped from the shelter. I agree that good communication with the concerned people would have been appreciated.
Karen's Dog Training Blog December 13, 2013 at 01:55 PM
I understand you see my post as a rant and patronizing as not as I intended. People on several sites are bashing Htfd without knowing the facts. "Since Hartford had jurisdiction, they decided to PTS without informing anyone participating in the capture and based on the dog's past behavior not its future potential." Perhaps a bit of Hartford bashing? It was Hartford's dog NOT anyone elses and they knew the dog's future potential which is why the dog was NEVER up for adoption in the first place. Hartford didn't have to inform anyone - they informed agencies right away that the dog was loose and dangerous. Had this dog not escaped the pound and an aggressive dog alert been issued, no one would have known about this dog's life and death. Maybe this dog's story will move people to go to our local pounds and adopt a shelter dog or cat. Or move someone to action when they see a dog not being cared for properly. "And, we feel cheated out of a happy ending that we wanted to make happen." Beverly sometimes there just aren't happy endings. Right now there are other Hartford dogs who are adoptable, but will die if no one comes forward. Help one of those dogs whose days are numbered the minute they hit the pound. Some of them will die tomorrow. Give one of those dogs a happy ending.
Beverly Miller December 13, 2013 at 06:49 PM
This is my final comment regarding the dog that Hartford killed. I CALL B S !!!!!!
Sally Gladowski December 13, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Beverly your comments are appreciated by those who were so deeply involved in Dashers rescue. It may have been a Hartford dog but the never searched like Simsbury and granby teams with the postings that dog wouldn't be shot but would be taken back to Simon shelter for rehab. Love brought cmimities together bonded by a goal of saving a mistreated helpless dog.
Karen's Dog Training Blog December 13, 2013 at 09:35 PM
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=621795227880572&set=a.305857592807672.69284.133829196677180&type=1&theater Beverly - Save the BS and instead save a dog - here is just one in Hartford that will die tomorrow if not adopted - several more on the same list to die.
Mark Allyn December 14, 2013 at 01:04 PM
I also stand by Beverly Miller in the senseless end to this unfortunate rottweiler. In my opinion, if this dog was fostered to an appropriate handler, I am sure he would have made a complete 180° transformation to a loving teddy bear. I have two adopted rottweilers that were a challenge to say the least and now rarely even need a leash. I would have fostered and adopted "Dasher" in a heartbeat! SHAME ON HARTFORD ACO's!!! If they can do this to such an innocent dog then maybe they should start doing it to criminals unfit to ever live in society and start saving me some tax $$$

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