Branford Police Canine Officer Sues Over Termination

by marcia chambers | Apr 18, 2017 7:31 am | Comments (6)

File Photo Luigi Amasino (pictured), Branford’s former police canine officer, filed a lawsuit against the town of Branford yesterday, asserting Police Chief Kevin Halloran threatened last December that he either withdraw a grievance against the police department or the chief “would destroy the plaintiff’s career as a law enforcement officer.”

In a four-page civil complaint filed in New Haven Superior Court, John R. Williams, Amasino’s New Haven attorney, says Amasino did not withdraw his grievance, a grievance filed in response to a two- day suspension ordered on Dec. 6 for alleged violations of departmental rules and regulations.

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Hope’s Odyssey Resonates

by marcia chambers | Mar 24, 2017 7:14 am

With Permission Sometimes the story of a dog betrayed takes on a life of its own, and sometimes the process is transformative. So it is with Hope.

Laura Burban, the director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, says when she and her colleagues first saw Hope more than two weeks ago they reacted with “heartbreak and anger.” Now she and her staff have been uplifted and renewed. It is case like no other, she said. 

The emaciated black pit bull-lab mix dog, frightened and near death, was only 30 pounds when a woman brought her by car to the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter. The woman explained she found her walking and falling down near Branhaven Plaza across town.

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Hope Plays Ball

by marcia chambers | Mar 21, 2017 4:35 pm | Comments (1)

With Permission Over the weekend Hope’s energy picked up. She was videotaped fetching a tennis ball and appeared generally energetic. She seemed to have no fear of a cat sitting in a room with her though we can’t say the same for the cat. She was upbeat and friendly. “You can really start to see her personality!” Laura Burban, director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, reported.

On Sunday morning she did what most of us do on Sundays. She took the morning off, lounging on a couch. She also received lots of snuggles and belly rubs from the staff.

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Hope Celebrates Saint Paddy’s Day

by marcia chambers | Mar 18, 2017 7:39 am

With Permission Hope’s caregivers had a surprise for her yesterday. They dressed her up in green ear pieces that said, “Kiss Me!” and they looped a green bowtie around her neck. Then came a dress that didn’t fit her. Never mind. Ham that she is, she loved it and posed eagerly for photos.

It doesn’t get better for this dog, a black pit bull-lab mix with soulful eyes. She was discarded, then found near Branhaven Shopping Center, emaciated and near death and brought to the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter about a week and a half ago.

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Vets Remove Small Stuffed Toy from Hope’s Body

by marcia chambers | Mar 16, 2017 7:36 am

With Permission Veterinarians who performed an endoscopy on Hope today discovered and removed a small stuffed toy animal from her body. A few days ago, an ultrasound of Hope’s organs revealed an unidentified foreign object in her intestines, which turned out to be the small stuffed toy.

“Hope did really well through the procedure,” Laura Burban, director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter,” reported in today’s update.

Burban was delighted with the result because the dog is too frail for surgery. An endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine an animal’s or a person’s digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, a vet can view pictures of a dog’s digestive tract on a color TV monitor. The procedure also allows vets to remove the obstruction, if possible.

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Foreign Object Found in Hope’s Intestines

by marcia chambers | Mar 14, 2017 11:16 am

With Permission An ultrasound of Hope the dog’s organs has revealed an unidentified foreign object in her intestines, Laura Burban, director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, said yesterday.

“Unfortunately Hope is not strong enough to undergo surgery at this point, but we also do not want to leave the foreign object in there since it can do quite a bit of damage.” So on Wednesday Hope will undergo an endoscopy, Burban said, “which may tell us what the foreign object is and we may have luck removing it that way.”

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Hope Suffers a Setback

by marcia chambers | Mar 13, 2017 7:34 am

Photo, Renee Fraser, Facebook Hope, a black pit bull-lab mix who was nearly starved to death, has been diagnosed with liver and pancreas issues following blood work and X-rays that were taken Sunday. She had stopped eating or drinking, the staff at the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter reported.

Hope, who is believed to be between 5 and 8 years old, was found by a driver on Route 1 near Branhaven Plaza last week. The driver saw the dog walking and falling down. She stopped, put the dog in her car, and took her across town to the shelter at 749 E. Main St.

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Hope, the Dog, Makes Progress

by marcia chambers | Mar 11, 2017 12:00 pm

With Permission Hope is now walking, sitting, and holding her head up high but she has a long recovery ahead. Last Monday, a woman was driving on Route 1 near Branhaven Plaza when she saw a dog walking and falling down. She stopped, put the dog in her car, and took her across town to the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter at 749 E.Main St.

The dog, whom shelter folks later named Hope, was emaciated and near death and could not stand up or walk. Today her temperature has returned to normal and she continues to gain weight though she is not yet out of the woods. She will need to gain about 30 pounds. She is receiving 24-hour veterinary care. The next two weeks are crucial, Laura Burban, the director of the animal shelter, said. 

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Hope for a Dog Named Hope

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 10, 2017 8:30 am

With Permission Donations from all over the country are pouring into the Cosgrove Animal Shelter in support of a black pit bull-lab mix that was found emaciated and near death this week at Branhaven Shopping Center on West Main Street. Donations received toward a reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the dog’s condition are nearing $10,000. This is in large part to the fact that PETA is contributing $5,000 to a reward fund.

Hope, as she’s been named, was covered in pressure sores, and could not walk when she was found. She is estimated at between 5 and 8 years old and is not spayed. Under 24-hour veterinary care, she is slowly getting stronger, eating small amounts, and beginning to walk again; it was estimated that she was starved for three months and she was on the verge of organ failure.

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Branford Man Charged with Animal Cruelty

by marcia chambers | Mar 4, 2017 9:29 am | Comments (1)

With Permission A 28-year-old Branford man, who abandoned a dog he named Menace in freezing weather with no food or water, was arrested yesterday on animal cruelty charges.

Michael Giano, who has a long criminal record, was arrested by East Haven police on animal cruelty charges involving his dog, an American Pit Bull Terrier, who was left near a dumpster at a condominium complex on Coe Avenue in East Haven on Jan.10.. 

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