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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Name Young Adult Arrestees?

by marcia chambers | Mar 15, 2017 12:31 pm | Comments (1)

Lucy Gellman Photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new proposed criminal justice package provides a no-money bail stipulation for those accused of misdemeanors except in cases of violent crimes or when a judge decides otherwise. It also creates a new “young adults” category in which cases would remain confidential.

Malloy’s proposal to extend “juvenile” status for arrestees up to age 21 did not go over well in the legislature last year, so he pared it back this year. This year’s version defines young adult offenders as those ages 18 through 20 who are accused of committing all but the most serious crimes. They would fall under a hybrid setting, sitting in both the juvenile justice system and the adult system: Their criminal records would remain sealed but their court cases would be open—if you can find them. 

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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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Klau: “We Need Leakers”

by marcia chambers | Mar 1, 2017 8:56 am | Comments (3)

Paul Bass Photo When President Donald Trump called journalists “the enemy of the people,” Dan Klau, a leading Connecticut First Amendment and open-government lawyer, took notice.

“I have to admit to being very scared when I heard that. Everybody understands that this president engages in hyperbole. But if you look at his track record since his election and particularly since the inauguration, his attitude toward the press has escalated,” he said. 

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