Woodbridge selectmen voted unanimously to move oversight over the Woodbridge Animal Control facility back to Town Hall.
The town’s finance director, Anthony Genovese, will be in charge of day-to-day operations, and he will report back to the Board of Selectmen, said First Selectman Beth Heller Wednesday at the board’s meeting.
Currently, the police department is charged with running the facility, however the relationship between the Animal Control Officers and the police soured over the course of the last year.
In January the conflict came to the open when police relocated some animals, including a pig, which they said did not belong in the shelter in the first place. The move turned into a public relations disaster for Woodbridge police, as fans of the shelter and its ACOs turned out in large numbers at Town Hall to demand the animals be returned.
Later in the spring, police charged one of the ACOs, Karen Lombardi, with animal cruelty. The case is being heard in Superior Court.
Heller said police will continue to provide coverage during the hours the shelter is closed, however, the department will be freed of the day-to-day responsibility of running the place and will be able to focus on traffic enforcement.
She said the issue has been discussed with the chief of police and the chairman of the Police Commission, Tina Weiner. She said the other towns covered by the local facility are aware of the intention to move responsibility.
Woodbridge Animal Control covers the towns of Woodbridge, Bethany and Derby.