21 Main St. (Behind the Fire Station)
Tel: (860) 870-3155
55 Main Street
P.O. Box 187
Ellington, CT 06029
Hours: 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Daily & Weekends
Appointments are preferred
Animal Control Officer: Barbara Murdach
Assistant Animal Control Officer: Ashlee Leone
The Animal Control Department is responsible for the enforcement of the Connecticut State Laws pertaining to animals. This department responds to complaints of violations of Animal Control laws by telephone or police dispatch. The officers also investigate complaints of vicious, diseased, neglected or abused animals as well as picking up stray and roaming dogs. Impounded animals are cared for at the shelter by the officers. Unclaimed animals are carefully evaluated before being placed for adoption. Following the month of June, when all dog owners must renew their dog licenses, a search for unlicensed dogs begins. The officers are available to assist the public or the police with any animal emergency.
The Animal Control Department makes every effort to insure that all functions of this department and the operation of the shelter are carried out in the most economical manner with cost savings in mind, while providing the highest degree of professional service to the townspeople. The Animal Control Officers provide assistance to the community so that animals and people can co-exist safely and peacefully.
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For emergency calls, contact the Resident Troopers Office at: (860) 875-1522.
The Animal Control Officer On-Call will be contacted by beeper. Emergency calls consist of: injured animals, animal bites, dog damage to livestock or personal property, or wildlife that has had contact with people or pets or is suspect of having rabies.
Nuisance Wildlife calls are handled through the State D.E.P. Wildlife Division and they can be reached at: (860) 424-3011 or visit www.dep.state.ct.us/burnatr/wildlife/
All dogs six months and older must be licensed. Dog Licenses are issued in the Town Clerk's Office in the Town Hall. Proof of current Rabies vaccination must be shown and if the dog is spayed or neutered a Veterinarian Certificate must be shown to get the lower license rate. The license fee for a spayed or neutered dog is $8.00 and the fee for an unaltered dog is $19.00. Click here for more information on Dog Licensing.
The Animal Control Officers are responsible for the enforcement of the dog licensing laws and there is a fine for failure to license of $75.00. All dogs must wear a collar or harness. The license tag and rabies tag must be attached to such collar or harness. The fine for failure to vaccinate a dog or cat for Rabies is $136.00. If the license becomes lost you must procure a new tag from the Town Clerk. A dog without tags will be considered unlicensed and unvaccinated and fines may be issued. Dog owners are liable for any damage caused by their dog to person, property, livestock or poultry and liable to prosecution for their dog roaming, annoying any person, vicious disposition, annoyance on any public road or excessive barking.
Animals that are available for adoption are listed on our webpage at www.petfinder.com which is kept current and shows photos and description of each pet available. The fees for adoption are $5.00 if the animal is already spayed or neutered or if it is adopted out of state. All others are $50.00 which includes a voucher from the Animal Population Control Program and assists with the cost of spay or neuter and also for rabies and distemper vaccination. Potential adopters will be asked to fill out an application and if they rent the landlord must be contacted before the animal can be adopted.
Ellington Animal Control does not pick up stray cats because there are no roaming laws in the State of Connecticut for cats. We do get involved with cats if there is an injured cat, or any cat that has bitten someone which must be quarantined. All cats must be vaccinated for rabies at three months of age.