Connecticut Pet Owner Told To Take Down 'Lost Dog' Signs Or Face Fines

| by Allison Geller

A Connecticut dog owner brought her community together in the search for her two missing pups, which got out when her home was broken into. But now city officials are telling her to take down her “missing” signs, calling them “blight and litter.”

Amanda Denes, 29, papered her neighborhood with flyers containing a picture of her two beloved French bulldog-schnauzer mixes. The effort to find Burton and Zuzu gained wide community support, with a Facebook group created to help locate the pets gaining over 4,500 “likes.” Community members also helped Denes raise a $5,000 reward and secure billboard spaces on the highway.

But West Hartford city officials say that the signs need to come down, according to the Hartford-Courant.

"It's everywhere. It's overwhelming," Public Works Director John Phillips told the paper. "There must be hundreds. Public infrastructure is not the venue to display that.

"I sympathize, but after the dogs are found, do people take them down?" Phillips said. "They become blight and litter."

Environmental Services Manager Dave Gabriele also told Denes she had to take down the “lost dog” flyers.

"I tried to be as sympathetic as I could; my wife and I were dog owners," Gabriele said. But despite the cause, "we've been real consistent with how we've addressed these [types of] signs."

Gabriele said that the town could charge Denes a fun, but "we're not looking to be punitive."

"We're always looking to resolve the issue," Gabriele said.

Denes told Fox News that she was told the fine could be $79 a day. While she and some volunteers will be removing some of the flyers, she plans to leave a few up as the search continues.

"I'm hoping the town will understanding about us leaving a few up at key intersections," she said. "You never know if it's going to be that one flier that you hang up that people see."

"People have really connected with Burton and Zuzu, and I think everyone wants so badly to bring them home that it's not seen as too much," said Denes. "When they're your babies and they're missing, nothing is too excessive."

Sources: Hartford-Courant, Fox News