The Ellington animal control officers are in charge of enforcing state laws that pertain to animals. The officers will respond to complaints by phone or police dispatch. This department also picks up stray and roaming dogs and investigates complaints of sick, abused, neglected or vicious dogs. The officers also care for the animals that are impounded at the shelter. Unclaimed animals are evaluated and put up for adoption. Officers can also assist police or the public with any animal related issue.