Dog seriously injured after escape, mysteriously returns home


EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A five-year-old East Haven boy is happy to have his dog alive and home. The dog got loose and witnesses say they saw it running through the streets of East Haven over a mile away but couldn’t stop it. Hours later, the little boy’s mother claims the dog was somehow put back in the yard and was badly hurt.

There are many unanswered questions, but the one thing Christine Esposito knows is that there are some really good people out there, strangers who tried to save their dog Shadow.

Just days ago, this is what the vet told Christine. “They said to me that your dog has life threatening injuries at this time.”

But, the big question, “how exactly did this happen?”

Christine says, “my mother calls me to tell me the dog got out of the yard and escaped.”

That was around 2:00 Wednesday afternoon. Deanna Teto lives a mile away from Christine. She saw the dog running around. Like Christine’s mom, she called police.

Deanna says, “she wouldn’t come to me, she ran through the yards.”

So, Deanna got in her car with her friend and kept looking. “I said to him that dog is going to get hit by a car.”

Christine did the same for hours with no luck. She was panicked because she says other witnesses saw the dog running near the busy area of Route one and I-95 in East Haven. After a lot of tossing and turning, Christine woke up the next morning and took a walk through her yard just to see how the dog might have escaped. That’s when she saw Shadow lying there in a very sad state. She also noticed her gate was shut with a bungee cord in a way it’s never been before.

Christine immediately brought Shadow to the vet. She showed News 8 the bill for almost $5,000. “Broken femur, bruised heart, bruised liver, bruise left lung.”

We asked, “did the vet say the dog was likely hit?” Christine said, “the dog was likely hit, all the injuries are consistent on the same side and skin was missing off her back.”

Christine put a post on Facebook asking if anyone knew anything. It turns out she and Deanna have a mutual friend, so they connected.

Deanna says, “I said this has got to be the same dog and I contacted her. She sent me a picture. I said, “It’s her. You’ve got to call me right now.”

Now, the new found friends are looking for answers.

Deanna says, “somebody knows something about what happened to this dog.”

In Connecticut, it is the law to report to the police or the owner if you hit a dog.

Sec. 14-226. Operator to report injury to dog. Any person who has knowledge of causing, by the operation of a motor vehicle, injury or death to a dog shall at once stop and render such assistance as may be possible, shall immediately report such injury or death to such dog’s owner or such owner’s representative and shall give his name, address and operator’s license and registration numbers to such owner or representative or any witness or peace officer. If unable to ascertain and locate such owner or representative, such operator shall, at once, report the injury or death to a police officer, constable, state police officer or inspector of motor vehicles, to whom he shall give the location of such accident and a description of the dog. Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction. No operator shall be convicted under the provisions of subsection (b) of section 14-224 when such operator has caused injury or death to a dog.



In this case, Christine says Shadow did not have a tag on her with an address. If you know anything, she’s asking you to call East Haven Police or email her at

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