Shelton animal control now covers Derby

Shelton animal control will absorb the responsibilities of Derby from Woodbridge animal control this summer.

"[From a] Logistics standpoint it makes a lot more sense because Shelton covering Derby is much easier than Woodbridge depending on location there is a lot more territory,” said Shelton animal control supervisor, Leon Sylvester.

Derby’s animal control contract with Woodbridge expires this summer. When that happens, Sylvester and his staff will cover Derby and manage the animals in the area.

According to Sylvester, the official date of when these changes will be implemented hasn’t been announced.

“We have two certified animal control officers certified by the state, they are sworn in by our town, they will be additionally sworn in by Derby so they can write tickets [and] they can do things that other officers can,” Sylvester said. “So those are all good things for Derby and the response time I think from Derby standpoint will also be important."

One of the officers who has been working with Shelton animal shelters since she was 17 is Michelle DeAngelo.

"I'm actually really looking forward to it, I'm looking forward to the challenge and I'm looking forward to helping more animals,” said DeAngelo.

Derby’s animal control center was closed by town’s police department in 2012. Following the center closing, the town of Woodbridge managed their animals.

Sylvester said Shelton’s animal shelter has enough space to partner with Derby.

The shelter is equipped with 26 kennels for dogs and around 18 cages for cats, along with spacious fenced areas outside the building where the animals can get fresh air.

"We do have the capacity. This shelter was built at the very high end capacity of our town but with the idea that it could potentially help other towns in situations,” Sylvester said.

He said that the Shelton shelter has been able to cut down on animal traffic due to their social media presence. The shelter relies heavily on Facebook as a means of showing users animals that are up for adoption and those needing to find their owners.

"Now they go so quick we always have a lot of room so this is a really good move for the town from that standpoint,” Sylvester said.