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Hartford, CT

This page will evolve only if reports received can be confirmed by eyewitness testimony.

When Shelter Reform receives a request for help regarding an animal shelter, we ascertain the facts first. All eyewitness testimony is kept strictly confidential; we do not publicize eyewitness testimony without the express permission of the witness. We are cautious not to make any public statements about an animal shelter or shelter staff unless we have evidence to back them up and/or they can be verified by eyewitnesses willing to stand behind their claims. Anonymous reports cannot be considered as anything more than hearsay and are therefore worthless to help the animals. Anonymous reports and false statements work only to hurt the cause and hinder reform efforts.

If you have been a visitor to an animal shelter in the Hartford, CT area, or if you have witnessed animal control officers in action in the Hartford area, your input - positive or negative - would be greatly appreciated. You may contact Shelter Reform and either talk with us or we can put you in touch with individuals working in your area. Any concerns and testimony shared with Shelter Reform will be kept strictly confidential unless you give us permission to share it.

Things are improving and will continue to improve for America's shelter animals ONLY because of the courage of eyewitnesses willing to risk all to bring the heartbreaking facts to light where they can finally be properly dealt with and remedied. Most often truth telling must be done publicly before local officials and politicians will come on board to support needed improvements.

As has been well-stated by one survivor of human atrocities, the only thing that hurts worse than the abuse is the silence of the bystander.

If you are a witness to animal mistreatment and/or abuse of any kind anywhere, please don't hesitate to share what you know with someone who can aid the victim(s).

Keep checking back with us regarding this shelter!

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Why did the Hartford shelter come up on our radar?

On March 23, 2010 Shelter Reform received a report about animal mistreatment taking place at an animal shelter in Hartford, CT. The eyewitness who sent us the report is unwilling to stand behind the claims for fear of not being allowed to rescue any more animals from the facility.

Sadly, we hear this same story from too many rescuers. When witnesses are unwilling to speak out, when they are intimidated by city employees responsible for the shelter, the animals have no one to advocate for them and the abuse continues.

It's easy to make emotional "drive-by" allegations. It's much harder to step up, speak out and stand behind your claims...but it's that kind of courage and moral resolve that mistreated shelter animals need from their rescuers.

We're here to help witnesses find their voices.