Dog abandoned by owner in Meriden parking lot killed after wandering onto highway

Dog abandoned by owner in Meriden parking lot killed after wandering onto highway


MERIDEN — A criminal investigation is underway after a dog abandoned in the parking lot shared by the Meriden Humane Society and Meriden Animal Control ran onto a nearby highway and died after being struck by a tractor trailer truck.

Animal control officer Bryan Kline said the investigation into who left the dog in the parking lot at 311 Murdock Ave. Sunday morning is ongoing.

The owner left the dog unleashed in the lot before driving away, Kline said. The dog followed the owner’s vehicle out of the lot and ended up on Interstate 91, according to Kline. The humane society and animal control facility on Murdock Avenue are next to the highway.

Kim Sauer, president of the humane society’s board of directors, said a volunteer was at the facility about 8:45 a.m. Sunday. After going inside briefly, the volunteer went outside and saw the dog loose in the lot, Sauer said. The dog, a white and black Labrador-beagle mix, was seen in the wooded area between the facility and Interstate 91. A volunteer and animal control officer Sarah Bacon tried to set up a trap with food and lure the dog when it was struck by a truck on the highway, she said.

“It was horrific,” Sauer said Tuesday. “It was as horrific and tragic as it gets.”

The humane society also posted about the incident on its Facebook page.

“To the little soul we lost before we could even make your acquaintance, we are so sorry we couldn’t save you. Your life mattered and you didn’t deserve this,” the post states. “To the ‘dumper’ — we don’t have many words for you. We hope your actions will serve as an example and your cruelty will be prosecuted. We hope others who need to surrender their animals learn from your mistakes and at the very least are not so cowardly that they can’t enter the building to do so properly.”

The humane society did not blame the trucker who hit the dog.

“We know you couldn’t avoid him and we know you stopped,” the post states.

A man and woman stopped to try and help. The organization thanked them for their compassion in the Facebook post, as well as five volunteers.

“While we often see the worst of humanity, we also see the best,” the humane society wrote.

Coordination between the humane society, animal control officers and police during the incident “was a true team effort,” the Facebook post noted.

Sauer said the building was open at the time of the incident, but the dog was “dumped” without any attempt to make sure it was safe. The humane society has resources to help dog owners and a large network of rescue groups that can take a surrendered dog. The humane society is checking to see if the dog was microchipped and working with their security company to get video footage of the parking lot, according to Sauer.

The animal control office takes surrendered animals from city residents only, while the humane society takes surrenders from anyone, according to Kline.

To surrender to the animal control officer, there is sometimes a small fee, Kline said, but depending on the situation, there may be no fee.

“We would rather have you turn the dog in then leave it in the streets,” he said.

About 50 dogs have been surrendered to the animal control office in Meriden this year, according to Kline. Often, surrendered dogs are quickly adopted. Kline said one surrendered dog in his office was adopted “just a couple days ago.”

In general, people don’t abandon dogs or animals at the humane society or animal control office without letting someone know.

“It has happened a few times,” Kline said.
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