Rottweiler Captured in Granby Later Euthanized

Officials have confirmed that a loose Rottweiler captured in Granby Thursday was later euthanized after it was returned to custody of Hartford animal control officials. 

After its capture, Simsbury animal control officer Mark Rudewicz transported the dog to the custody of Hartford officials. He doesn't know the particulars of the city's experience with the dog but said as a former Hartford officer he knows the people involved and is confident they would not have made the decision lightly. 

Rudewicz added that he does know the dog, before it was in Hartford's custody, spent its life tethered in a small area with little to no human socialization. "It was a sad beginning for that dog, a sad life and unfortunately a sad ending," he said. 

The dog was in the custody of Hartford police when it escaped from a Bloomfield kennel on Dec. 2, Rudewicz said. That day Simsbury police issued reports and a press release of the escaped, reportedly aggressive dog.  

Before it was captured 10 days later, Rudewicz put out humane traps, worked with local residents, many of whom put out food for the animal and provided updates, and used various other techniques in an effort to capture the animal. 

Granby police and residents also took measures to try and capture the animal.  

Simsbury police issued updates and due to reports of aggressive behavior, Rudewicz said safety was a top priority. He added that while the dog's behavior was mostly skittish when spotted in town some animals show their aggression when approached or confined. 

Granby residents also saw the dog and one homeowner was able to get it a little more comfortable by placing blankets and electric heaters on her porch, Rudewicz said. On Thursday, Granby officials were able to add a sedative to the food placed out by the homeowner. 

When officials, including Rudewicz, approached the dog with snare poles, it was still lunging heavily despite its sedated state, he said. 

The dog was then turned over to Hartford officials. Patch is attempting to get ahold of a city animal control officer involved but has not yet heard back. 


Sally Gladowski December 14, 2013 at 06:26 AM
RIP Dasher
Sally Gladowski December 14, 2013 at 06:26 AM
RIP Dasher
Lisa Foltz Allan December 14, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Poor dog trusted too much
Beverly Miller December 14, 2013 at 10:35 AM
The poor dog never had anything positive in its short life including a chance to be rehabilitated and find a good home. Many people who followed this saga are very upset about the ending and are planning a memorial. RIP, good boy and run free.
Mark Allyn December 14, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Beverly, if the memorial materializes, please let me / us know when and where. I will try to be there with my two rottweilers that were both adopted projects and now sweethearts.
Beverly Miller December 14, 2013 at 01:04 PM
@Mark Allyn, I will be happy to let you and your sweethearts know as soon as the plan is made. Until yesterday, we hoped and tried to get the ashes but were told he was 'communally' euthanized. In case I can't find you via this blog you may have my face book name; Beverly Cashman Miller. We will be in touch.
Beverly Miller December 14, 2013 at 01:06 PM
One more thing Mark, you may be interested in the previous Patch article on this topic if you have not yet seen it.
Mark Allyn December 14, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Beverly, I have followed the entire incident since news of "Dasher's" escape and like all, was wishing for nothing but a storybook ending.
Sarah Kaplan December 14, 2013 at 02:12 PM
the owner should be charged with animal cruelty-RIP, Dasher you deserved better.
N M A December 14, 2013 at 02:43 PM
This article needs revising, and truthful revising stating all party's and officers that have been working for the last couple weeks to save this poor boy. It took a lot more than one person to capture him, and it's sad when one takes all the credit
Nic December 14, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Hartford Animal Control is a slaughter house. They kill, kill and kill some more. It is time they were fired and prosecuted and No-Kill people were brought in. I once fostered a rottweiler who came from NYC Animal Control. The killers at NYC Animal Control claimed he was so"aggressive" they could not get anywhere near him. I fostered him. For 2 weeks he wanted to be on his own, then he started coming out of his shell and was loving and sweet. He was adopted into a fantastic home with grand kids and lives with a minuture Dachshund. Hartford: STOP THE KILLING,
John Fitts (Editor) December 15, 2013 at 08:31 PM
NMA - Mark noted that Granby officers, the public and others did a lot of work here too. Sorry if that wasn't clear.
Karen's Dog Training Blog December 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Many of us who followed this dog's sad story would like to be notified about the memorial. Will info be posted here on Patch?
edith December 16, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Guys, Lets remeber,this dog was subject to being out down in the begining unfortunately, for reasons stated,it was mean torwards animals and humans. If they had let the.dog stay in bloomfield,it could of harmedthe other animals at the shelter,and or the workers.Alot of very kind people stepped forward and offered their time and homes to this pup,which is so generous and awesome that we have such good peope to do so,but you cannot change a dogs temperment over night. I come from a background of breeding,showing,raising dogs,so im not just saying something i cant back up. This dog was looked at by professionals and determained violent. If someone would of adopted this dog,it could of turned on the new owner or their pets or even worse,thier child. They did what was aappropriate. We dont need or want these types of animals roaming the streets to harm others. Its a sad story of course,but lets not be so hard on the individuals who did what they had to do.
edith December 16, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Im not here to offend anyone btw, i just wanted to share my opinion in the matter,i fully understand how people can be upset over this. I think its a shame it jad to happen this way, maybe instead of putting the dog down so fast,they could of brought it back to health and see what would of happened,but i would be nervous the dog would end up attacking or hurting an individual.
Karen's Dog Training Blog December 17, 2013 at 07:22 AM
Edith - very well said. Thank you for sharing.
Lisa Treger Grant December 21, 2013 at 12:53 AM
If you are interested in following memorial plans for this dog who was named "Dasher" by those who followed his story closely and tried to rescue him, please join the Facebook page " Forever Friends of Dasher"


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