In 2017 the Town of Colchester became a member of the Regional Animal Control Services District, together with the towns of Lebanon, Sprague, Franklin, Bozrah, and Lisbon. The District is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of the First Selectmen of the six towns.
As of April 1, 2017, the Northeastern CT Council of Governments (NECCOG) Animal Services will be responsible for animal control services for the Town of Colchester. Routine calls should be placed to the switchboard at NECCOG at 860-774-1253 and will be processed in a timely response. For emergencies only please call: 1 (800) 236-1987.
Office Location: 125 Putnam Pke, Dayville, CT
Hours: Dog & Cat admoption viewing by appointment only
Ill or injured wild animals on town roads, state roads, or private property call Department of Environmental Protection at 860-424-3333
Nuisance Dog: Dogs are not allowed to roam and must be under control. If a dog roams and/or causes damage the owner will be liable.
Animal Abuse: If an animal is being abused or neglected please contact the Regional Animal Control District Immediately
Cats: It is important to neuter and spay cats as they contribute to the spread of Feline AIDS and Leukemia.
A responsible cat owner spays or neuters his/her cat between 5 and 6 months of age. By law cats need to be vaccinated for rabies from 3 months of age.
Cats are best kept indoors as there are many calls about lost cats, Coyotes and fishers are usually the cause.
Rabies: Rabies is a widespread, viral infection transmitted through the saliva of infected warm-blooded animals. The virus attacks the nervous system and, if left untreated, is 100 percent fatal in animals. Rabies usually begins subtly, with pet owners first noticing that their pet goes off its food and just "doesn't seem right". The animal may become restless and irritable, have a "strange look in its eyes" and make funny sounding cries or barks. As illness progresses, nervous system signs become more obvious with tremors appearing, difficulty walking and swallowing, and even convulsions and paralysis developing. Affected animals may or may not try to bite or show other signs of aggression.
Anyone having questions concerning dogs, cats and other domestic animals that may have been exposed to a suspected rabid animal should contact the State Animal Control Division at (860) 713-2506.
Anyone having questions concerning possible human exposure to rabies should contact the state Department of Public Health at (860) 509-7994.
Anyone having questions concerning wildlife, including unusual behavior, can contact the Department of Environmental Protection, Wildlife Division at (860) 424-3011 or for emergencies (860) 424-3333.
Loss of appetite
Change of behavior
Jumping at noises