It was a cold and drizzly night on Jan. 29 when Joe Bogdan, a retired Milford police officer, drove past an injured owl lying in the middle of Naugatuck Avenue. He pulled over, and so did another car, a couple who moved the injured owl to the side of the road.
Bogdan called police and then Steve Johnson, Milford’s open space manager, who contacted Rose Crisci of Blue Moon Raptors, a licensed rehabilitator for owls. Soon these rescuers, along with two police officers — David Bodnar and Det. Stephen Noss — converged on the site to secure the owl, which had been hit by a car and suffered severe head trauma.