No one has yet claimed the small dog that appears to have been “dumped” in northwestern New Canaan one week ago, officials said, meaning the animal likely will become adoptable on Friday.
Officer Allyson Halm of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section said she’s named the female dachshund ‘Blue’ for the blue merle markings on her coat.
“I don’t think she could be sweeter,” Halm said of Blue, who has one blue and one brown eye, and is estimated to be five to eight years old.
“She’s outgoing and attentive. I haven’t had a chance yet for her to meet with strangers, though one of the guys [at the Animal Control shelter] walked up to us and I could feel her little tail going.”
Several people have expressed an interest in taking in the dog since she was found walking along the side of the road on the night of Jan. 10, at Ponus Ridge and Lost District Drive, Halm said.
Blue came in a little thinner than she should have been, though the dog has been eating well and appears to be healthy, Halm said.
The process for vetting prospective homes for the dog is to re-contact everyone who has shown interest and review their living situations. Factors for where Blue ends up will include past experience with the breed and understanding that Blue is a senior dog.
“There will be blood work done, she needs to be vaccinated and she probably needs dentistry, so those who adopt her must be ready to invest,” Halm said.
Prospective owners also will be asked to meet with the dachshund in person to make sure there’s good chemistry, and if there are already dogs in the family, to meet those animals during a subsequent interview, Halm said.
New Canaan Animal Control can be reached at 203-594-3510.