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

New Canaan 4th in State in Dog Licensing [TABLE]; Now Is the Time

June is “Dog Licensing Month” and town officials are urging residents with canine pets to get them licensed in one of three ways. Applications are available here and may be mailed to the New Canaan Town Clerk’s office or delivered in person at Town Hall. Those renewing their dogs’ licenses may do so online here so long as the Town Clerk’s office has up-to-date proof of rabies vaccinations. Dogs who are spayed or neutered cost $8 to license, otherwise $19. The licensing period ends June 30, after which time dog owners face a late fee. Continue Reading →

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VIDEO: Bear Appears on New Canaan Man’s Front Porch Friday Morning

BearSightingOnFrontPorchJune92017At830AM from dave freedman on Vimeo. An Indian Rock Road man on Friday morning took video of a black bear that appeared on his front porch just as his wife and 5-year-old daughter were to leave the house to catch the bus. Dave Freedman said it was about 8:30 a.m. when he glanced outside to catch a blur of something passing by the window of his home office. “Initially I thought it was a large dog because I just caught the tail end of it,” Freedman told NewCanaanite.com. “I realized it was a bear and told my wife and daughter, ‘Do not go outside,’ grabbed a camera and snapped a picture of the bear walking toward us though [the glass panes of a door].”

The sighting marks the third in just a couple of weeks, according to the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department. Continue Reading →

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Animal Calls: Labrador Retriever Menaces Joggers; Baby Raccoon Wails for Mom Hit by Car

What follows is a summary of calls to the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. Playing possum

At 1:21 p.m. on Tuesday, a Charter Oak Drive woman phoned police to report that her two dogs—one-year-old brother ‘Mast-Weilers’ (a combination of Mastiff and Rottweiler)—had cornered some animal that now was not moving. The resident identified the non-responsive animal as a possum. According to a police report, Animal Control responded that possums often play dead for up to one hour if they’re threatened. Officer Allyson Halm instructed the woman to get the designer dogs away and keep them quiet for a period of time. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Man Seeks Town’s Permission To Keep Four Sheep on Property

A New Norwalk Road man is seeking permission from town health officials to keep four sheep on his property. As required under Chapter 108-5 of the Town Code, such animals may only be housed within 300 feet of an occupied dwelling with written approval from the director of health. Jack Hawkins purchased his home in New Canaan on .76 acres in December 2015, and lives there with his wife and their two young children, a 2-year-old daughter and 2-month-old son. An advertising executive in Manhattan who serves as an infantry officer in the National Guard, Hawkins said he grew up on a 1,000-acre farm straddling Arkansas and Missouri, and that acquiring the small-size Finn sheep is part an effort to pass along life lessons he learned growing up there to his own children. “I came from a very large farm, where I was fortunate enough to grow up with grandparents and uncles all together, it was really rewarding, the family bonds you create working with family, and it also teaches you a lot,” Hawkins told NewCanaanite.com. Continue Reading →

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‘Its Grip Kept Slipping’: Animal Control, ‘Embody’ Employees Rescue Distressed Raccoon from Storm Drain During Heavy Rainfall

The head of New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section and workers from a downtown shop on Friday afternoon saw through the dramatic rescue of a raccoon that had become trapped in a storm drain downtown during heavy rainfall. At about 3 p.m., Officer Allyson Halm of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section was called to the one-way stretch of Forest Street on a report of the distressed animal. There, she saw the raccoon “attempting to maintain its gripe on the grate with water rushing beneath it,” Halm said. “The panicked look on the raccoon’s face is still in my head,” she told NewCanaanite.com. Halm sprang into action, calling for town workers to assist in lifting the grate though “I knew the raccoon didn’t have much time,” she said. Continue Reading →

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