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Wilton Dog Gets Two Weeks for Biting

An unregistered pet is being held at the town's animal control facility.

It's probably safe to say that a Wilton man did not go into CVS in the town center looking for puncture wounds.

But that is, in fact, what he emerged with. According to police, the man went to pet a small, white Maltese dog in the store on Saturday, March 26. The dog proceeded to bite the man on his left middle finger, leaving two small wounds.

The dog's owner, who lives on Hubbard Road, was reportedly holding the dog at the time of the incident.

"Apparently the dog was not current on its rabies vaccine and was not licensed with the town of Wilton," said Wilton Police Lieutenant Don Wakeman.

As a result, Wilton's animal control officer responded and took possession of the dog to hold it in quarantine. Wakeman said the dog must be quarantined for at least 14 days.

"At the end of the quarantine, the dog will require a rabies vaccine and to be licensed," Wakeman said.

The owner was reportedly given a written warning for failure to vaccinate and license, but no other charges were filed. Wakeman said the bitten man's injuries were not serious.

Diane Kuczo May 13, 2011 at 08:07 PM
Whenever I see someone in a store (other than a pet store where it is allowed) with a small dog, I want to show up with mine - a Rotti. I never would, but if this little dog is allowed, why can't I bring mine?? Dogs are not people, and as much as I love mine, I know not to bring her to certain places. Not everyone loves dogs, and it is not appropriate to bring ANY dog into retail stores. I really wish the managers or salespeople would say something to those who bring their dogs in!!
Chris Delfino May 14, 2011 at 10:49 AM
I disagree with those who feel it's wrong to bring well behaved, friendly, vaccinated and licensed pets to public places. Many European countries allow dogs to go everywhere with their owners. Children and adults just need to be "trained" not to touch without asking first! I don't particularly care for unruly, screaming children in restaurants and retail stores but it's unreasonable to ban improperly socialized children from public places now isn't it?
Chris Delfino May 14, 2011 at 10:55 AM
Oh and I'll be one of those people you see out and about in stores ( NOT where food is sold of course) and other places with my small, well behaved, trained,vaccinated and licensed dog! They may not be people but they are our family members and companions.
Canaanite May 14, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Not even in Europe do they allow dogs inside of restaurants to eat (outside is a different story) - at least not in any of the countries I've been in. And by the way, why do we in America care about what they do in Europe? There is no good reason in the world why anyone would have to bring their dog into a store to shop. If you want to spend time with your dog, go to the dog park or walk outside. Some people are allergic to pets . . . and others should not be subjected to dealing with the aftermath of your dog having an accident on the carpet . . . Dogs are not people, period. No matter how much you love them, that is a fact. To ascribe human qualities to a dog is disrespect to the dog's nature. And if a person can't spend a couple hours away from their dog (other than a guidedog or service dog) then they need to get out more and socialize with humans . . . As for unruly and unsocialized children, they ought to be banned from stores and restaurants. Unfortunately, it's a rarity for anyone to challenge their screaming and running around, but I myself have done so and I thankfully have seen a few brave waiters and store managers also call their parents out on it.
Canaanite May 14, 2011 at 02:11 PM
Amen CR!

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