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Update March 3,
remaining low and frozen ice and snow covering the ground it
is even more important that residents supervise their
animals during dusk and dawn hours when coyotes are most
active to protect their pet. Residents along power lines and
open space should be especially cautious, but coyotes are
adaptable and accustomed to more residential areas too. The
smaller prey that they prefer is not as easily accessible
during this type of weather and larger animals such as deer
are at risk.
Remove any food sources such as pet food and bird seed from your property
so as not to entice the coyotes close. Secure your trash.
Use motion sensor lighting and hang items such as wind
spinners and chimes to discourage the wild things. Items
such as wind spinners must be relocated and moved regularly
to prevent animals from acclimating to them. Do not leave
your pets outside unattended! Additional information is
available at the DEEP website.
The South Windsor Police animal control
division is experiencing an increased number of coyote sighting
complaints in the northeast corner of town along the East
Windsor town line and in the area of the Christmas tree farm.
|Residents are reminded that coyotes and other wild animals are
native to South Windsor.
Do not leave pets outside unattended. Cats should be brought in
– especially at night and dogs should be under close supervision
at all times while outside.
Homeowners should eliminate any food supplies such as pet food
left outdoors, table scraps on compost piles, and fruit below
trees. Secure trash cans and consider taking in birdfeeders.
If a coyote is sighted make the animal aware that it is
unwelcome! Shout, flap your arms, and behave aggressively. We
encourage residents to use very loud noises. Bang cooking pots
together, or keep on hand party air horns. Install motion sensor
lighting. Use items on your property that create noise and
movement such as wind chimes or wind spinners. These items
should be moved occasionally so the animals do not become
acclimated to them.
Coyotes may exhibit bold behavior around people however
aggressive behavior toward people is very rare. If a coyote does
not run off at noise, if the animal appears unable to maintain
its balance, or if the animal appears otherwise sick or injured
contact the South Windsor Police Department at 860-644-2551.
South Windsor Police Department renders appropriate humane and professional
care for injured and stray domesticated animals, as well as other animal
control functions. The Chief of Police is designated the Municipal
Animal Control Officer and has the authority to appoint Assistant Municipal
Animal Control Officers. Community Service Officers Robin Bond and Brian Kelley
are South Windsor's Animal Control Officers and are the ones who handle animal
control issues on a day to day basis.
Animal problems or concerns should be
reported to the police department at (860) 644-2551. The
dispatcher will notify the animal control officer on duty or a patrol
officer to respond to your complaint. To contact the animal control
officers directly see the schedule below.
Mon-Fri 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (860) 648-6239
Brian Kelley Tue - Sat 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
They can also be reached via email:
Brian Kelley .
South Windsor has joined the towns of
Manchester and East Hartford for the sheltering of stray dogs and other
animals. The facility knows as the Tyler Regional Animal Care
Shelter - TRACS is located at 124 Sullivan Avenue, South Windsor. The costs associated with maintenance, animal
care and staffing is shared by the various member towns, reducing the
overall annual costs to each municipality.
reclaim an animal recovered in South Windsor you must contact the South Windsor Animal Control Officer at 860-648-6239
during normal office hours or call the South Windsor police at 860-644-2551
all other times.
To reclaim an animal that may been
recovered in Manchester of East Hartford you should contact the animal
control officer in that town. East Hartford (860)291-7572;
The South Windsor police
department works in conjunction with other agencies and
organizations to ensure the proper and humane care of all animals.
Such agencies include:
- South Windsor Public Works
- Outside Municipal Animal Control Officers
- CT Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
- Connecticut Humane Society
- State Canine Control Officer (CT Department of Agriculture)
- Audubon Society
- Sanctioned Animal Shelters and Organizations
In the town of South Windsor all dogs MUST be licensed
at six months of age. For further information visit the Town of South Windsor
Office of the Town Clerk or
Town of South Windsor Ordinance
Sec. 12-5. Restraint and confinement--Generally.
(a) It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any dog to fail to
keep his dog under restraint or to permit his dog to run at large upon
the streets and public ways of the town or upon property other than that
of the owner or keeper.
(b) No owner, keeper or custodian of any animal shall fail to exercise
proper care and control of such animal to prevent the animal from becoming
a public nuisance.
It should be noted that facilities for stray cats
are extremely limited. Only in extraordinary circumstances will our animal
control officers capture stray cats.
For a listing of animals available for adoption visit
the Petfinder website.