City: Conn. dog’s life isn’t illegal

The living conditions of a dog in northern Bridgeport have generated some buzz on social media this week, but city animal control officers have been to the owner’s home and say they don’t see anything that breaks state or local animal laws.

A Brooklyn woman named Leslie Levenson Dau wrote on her Facebook page that a friend had told her about the dog, kept in an enclosure in the 700 block of Frenchtown Road near the Trumbull line.

Dau wrote that a friend told her the dog is constantly caged and crying and isn’t let out to relieve himself on the grass on the property. She said the dog’s owner doesn’t let the dog out and hoses its feces and urine down a drain in the cage.

She encouraged friends to contact police and city officials and called for the dog’s surrender.

But the city says they’ve already been out to see the dog. Spokesman William Kaempffer said that city animal control officers have been to the house where the dog is kept “at least four times over the last two weeks.”

He said they’ve inspected the site and documented it on video. They also checked the dog and said it appears to be in good health.

Kaempffer said the animal officers found the dog is kept in an enclosure with two sections: a concrete slab where the dog can walk around and a second section with heat, hay, food and water.

“At this time, however, the owner is not violating any law in the care of his dog,” Kaempffer said. “We absolutely will continue to monitor the situation.”

Mike DeSalvo