Our Animals

This section is dedicated to all things concerning our New Canaan animals—pets, wildlife, environmental and health matters touching the animals of our town, activity out of the New Canaan Police Department Animal Control Unit, and more.

Recent Articles

Visiting Dog Bites 12-Year-Old New Canaan Girl

A mixed-breed dog from out-of-state is under quarantine for two weeks after biting a 12-year-old girl earlier this month, officials said. The girl’s wounds, punctures on her upper left thigh, are not considered serious, according to Officer Allyson Halm of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control Unit. The bite occurred on Dec. 1, when the girl visited a next-door neighbor’s house on Siwanoy Lane, according to a police report. She had been accustomed to see a friendly dog there, the report said, but on that Friday found a second canine described as a male “mountain dog mix” there, too, the report said. Continue Reading →

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Man Charged with Animal Cruelty Following New Canaan Dog’s Death Seeks a Form of Parole

The Darien owner of a now-shuttered, unlicensed pet boarding business—in whose care a New Canaan golden retriever died this summer from what veterinarians call extreme heat exposure—is seeking a form of parole. An attorney representing Terry Burns, 44, charged Oct. 6 with animal cruelty, said during a hearing in state Superior Court in Stamford Thursday that his client is applying for “accelerated rehabilitation.”

It isn’t clear whether prosecutors and police with object to the application, how long an approved ‘AR’ would last or what its terms would be. Judge John Blawie told the state’s attorney and Burns’s lawyer, criminal defense attorney Matthew Maddox, that the Darien man wouldn’t be allowed to have any pets as part of a possible future set of conditions, and that Animal Control officials would be notified of that stipulation. The case was continued to Jan. Continue Reading →

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Police: Two Bobcat Sightings in Waveny This Month

The head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control unit is urging Waveny visitors to bring a hazing tool with them after two reported bobcat sightings in the popular park this month. A bobcat crossed in front of a jogger’s path at Waveny on Nov. 20, following an initial sighting reported on Nov. 8, according to Officer Allyson Halm. It’s a good idea at Waveny to have a hazing tool of some kind, mostly because of coyotes, she said. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Dog Owner Has Animal Euthanized After Dog-on-Dog Attack

A New Canaan dog’s owner had his 9-year-old Wheaten terrier euthanized after the animal got loose one afternoon earlier this month, attacking and injuring another dog in the neighborhood, police said. The offending dog, Rosie, got off of her Fairty Drive property around 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, according to a New Canaan Police Department incident report obtained by NewCanaanite.com through a Freedom of Information request. Responding to a report of a roaming dog, Animal Control Officer Jillian Bosch arrived at a nearby home on Brooks Road and there encountered two local women, one of whom was holding Rosie, according to the incident report. The woman said she had been watching two dogs playing in a yard there while a teenage boy played hockey, according to Bosch’s report. Continue Reading →

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Court Documents: After New Canaan Dog Died in His Care, Darien Man Lied to Animal’s Owner, Veterinarians and Police

Dogs boarded at Terry’s House of Pets in Darien were often kept locked in a motor vehicle while the business’s owner ran errands, were forced to compete for food tossed onto an unsanitary garage floor—in a room that was not climate controlled—and the animals never were let outside for fresh air or exercise, according to court documents. When a young golden retriever died in his care in July—likely from exposure to extreme heat—the owner of the Hoyt Street business, Terry Burns, appears to have lied to the dog’s New Canaan owner as well as to emergency veterinary workers and police, according to an arrest warrant application from Darien Police Officer Richard Flood. Though Burns told the staff at Norwalk’s VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center that the dog, Betsy, had “collapsed suddenly after playing outdoors,” that “did not make sense,” according to the testimony of vets cited by Flood in his application, signed by Stamford Superior Court Judge John Blawie. “Evidence indicates this golden retriever died of heat stroke, some time before arriving deceased at the emergency hospital,” it said. Burns, 44, who lives at the 259 Hoyt St. Continue Reading →

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