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Avon Canine Shelter
11 Arch Rd, Avon, CT 06001

Animal Control is a part of the Avon Police Department. Beverly LaPlume is a contracting animal control officer forMore the Avon and Canton Police Departments. She operates the canine shelter on Arch Road in Avon. She is a sworn officer with the Avon Police Department and has the authority to write tickets for pet owner violations and animal cruelty. Animal Control officers in Avon have the authority to pull abused dogs from their homes.

The shelter has a no-kill policy. There is space for eight dogs, in addition to two spots for dogs that need to be quarantined. The majority of the dogs taken in by the shelter are pit bull mixes because the dogs are often mistakenly perceived as aggressive and some owners are unable to receive homeowner's insurance because of them. Most of the dogs taken into the shelter were lost and are picked up by the owners, and any others are adopted out through Pet Finder. Before dogs are adopted out, LaPlume takes the dogs to Animal General in Avon to be tested and receive the proper vaccinations. The shelter does not accept surrendered dogs, however the shelter can provide information for Pet Finder.

Corey, a terrier mix rescued by LaPlume, rides with LaPlume on every call. When she puts him on the ground the lost dogs often approach, at ease. 

The shelter also donates pet food to families in need of assistance so that they can care for their dogs even if they are laid off or struggling financially. Animal control also accepts donated food, bedding and dog toys for the shelter. 

Avon Police Department
60 W Main St, Avon, CT 06001

The Avon Police Department is one of nine departments in North Central Connecticut to have regional arrest powers forMore non-emergencies and misdemeanors. Avon, Farmington, Simsbury, Bloomfield, Canton, Granby, Suffield Windsor Locks and Windsor police departments have jurisdiction to obtain warrants and make arrests and traffic stops for suspects in any of those towns. Avon is also are part of a regional narcotic division and SWAT team. 

The department receives about 100,000 calls per year, and 32,000 are calls for service. 

Court appearances for arrests made by the Avon Police Department take place at either Enfield or Hartford courts, depending on the location of the arrest or where any arrest warrants were issued. 

The Avon Police Department was honored on March 27, 2010 with a Flagship Award for Service Excellence and Professionalism and meritorious accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Association (CALEA), marking in the 93rd percentile for well maintained and accurate files.

Chief Mark Rinaldo heads the department. John Widing is the chaplin. Jeffrey Blatter was appointed as police captain Dec. 5, 2011. Lt. Christina Barrow heads the patrol division, which includes the detective unit and three patrol squads. Lt. Kelly Walsh leads the operations division and oversees the communications unit, training , accreditation, records unit, scheduling and animal control. Beverly LaPlume is the animal control officer and operates the canine shelter on Arch Road. 

The department also has three officers running the DARE program in the Avon Public Schools and five officers on bike patrol. There is also a computer crimes lab housed in the police department. 

Information for Avon Police civilian applicants is available on the police department webpage on the town website for those interested in dispatch, records and secretarial jobs. 

The department is located next to the Avon Town Offices on Route 44. Parking is available in the municipal lot. 

Department Phone Numbers:

Emergency calls (police, fire and medical): 911

Routine calls: (860) 409-4200

Animal Control: (860) 409-4205

Records Division:  (860) 409-4220

Chiefs of Police: 

William Scott: 1950-1958

Malcom Heath: 1958-1961

Lester Clark Sr.: 1962-1968

Domenic Zacchio: 1968-1983

James A. Martino Jr.: 1983-2001

Peter A. Agnessi: 2001-2005

Mark Rinaldo: 2006-Present