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4/3/2020 - 4/3/20-Hamden Animal Control Incident - Entangled Swan


Date: April 7, 2020

Contact: Captain Ronald Smith

Phone: (203) 230-4029

PIO#: 20-45

An Uplifting Story During These Difficult Times:

On April 3, 2020 Hamden Animal Control responded to the area of 365 Mather Street on the report of an injured swan.

Upon arrival, ACO Christopher Smith observed a Good Samaritan, Carissa Galrano, attempting to free a large swan, that was tangled in thick brush. With the assistance of ACO Smith, they were successful in removing the swan from the brush.

For the next few minutes, the swan attempted to take flight, but failed. Another Good Samaritan arrived, removed a jack from inside of his vehicle, and raised a gate, thus allowing the swan to enter Regional Water Authority property.

The swan continued towards Lake Whitney. Once entering the water, it again became entangled in thick brush. ACO Smith and Galrano “trudged through” the thick brush, and again freed the swan.

We are happy to report that the swan was last observed swimming southbound on Lake Whitney.

The Hamden Police Department and Hamden Animal Control Division are very grateful to Ms. Galrano and the unidentified Good Samaritan.


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