Animal 411

Details on activity within the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control unit, including rabies and wildlife calls, as well as local pet-adoptions and other animal-related news in New Canaan.

Recent Articles

Mystery Woman’s Labrador Retriever Bites Dog on Land Trust Property

Police say the department investigated a complaint about an unleashed dog biting another canine on a New Canaan Land Trust-owned property recently. At about 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 18, an officer was dispatched to a Ponus Ridge home following a complaint about the encounter, according to an incident report obtained by following a Freedom of Information Act request. There, the owner of a pit bull mix told the officer that a black Labrador retriever had attacked her dog in a wooded area near Woodridge Circle, the report said. The woman said a white woman about 45 years old owned the black Lab and was unable to provide further information about the attacking dog’s owner, it said. Continue Reading →

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Local Woman To Place ‘Shame on You’ Flags on Deserted Dog Feces in Irwin Park

Parks officials on Wednesday night heard from a New Canaan woman who has a new idea for shaming those who walk dogs in Irwin Park and leave the animals’ feces behind, a continual problem that’s reared up recently. Jean Scheidl said she would plant 4-by-6-inch vinyl ‘Shame On You’ flags on each individual pile of excrement left at the popular park in order to send a message to the irresponsible dog owners who leave them. At last count, Scheidl said she spotted and a photographed 31 such messes on and around the Flexi-pave walk around the park’s perimeter. “I think something has to be done because it is not pleasant, it really isn’t,” Scheidl told members of the Parks & Recreation Commission at their regular meeting, held at Lapham Community Center. “I think when people come back and see that it is not right then they maybe will stop doing it,” she said. Continue Reading →

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Coyotes on Middle Ridge Road Raise Concerns of Denning

Animal Control officials this week are urging Middle Ridge Road residents to use hazing tactics consistently in their neighborhood after an unsettling incident involving three coyotes and two domestic dogs. At about 5:30 p.m. Monday, a resident of the Hoyt Farms street found three coyotes confronting the dogs—a medium- and large-sized Labradoodle—in the yard, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. Almost immediately after scattering the wildlife by throwing something at them, members of the household saw the same three coyotes come back, Halm said, and the animals appeared to be marking the area. “The fact that there were three of them is something I am uncomfortable with,” Halm said. “Is it a breeding pair? Continue Reading →

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Elderly Man, Dog Rescued After Falling into Icy Pond

Emergency responders on Thursday afternoon rescued an elderly man and his dog after they fell through the ice of a pond on his property, officials said. At about 2:44 p.m., New Canaan Police received a 911 call from a home on Dan’s Highway regarding an elderly man who had fallen into waist-deep water after attempting to rescue his own dog, who had fallen through the ice, according to a police report. Police as well as the New Canaan Fire Department and New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded. The elderly man was pulled from the water and treated by EMTs, the report said. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had to go to the Emergency Room at Norwalk Hospital. Continue Reading →

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‘My Sweet Girl Was Truly Special’: New Canaan Woman’s Statement on Puppy Killed in Darien Man’s Care Added to Animal Cruelty Case

A New Canaan woman in a forceful statement on her experience last summer of learning that her 13-month-old puppy had died in the care of a Darien man found by police to be operating an non-registered kennel is pushing for justice officials to deny him a form of parole. Mimi Gammill in a statement submitted to prosecutors in the case of Terry Burns, owner of the now-shuttered Terry’s House of Pets, requests that he be denied “accelerated rehabilitation” or ‘AR’ in order to send a message “there are severe consequences” for mistreating animals. “My heart is broken after losing my Betsy but Mr. Burns’ crimes are much bigger than just her death and the consequences he must face should reflect that,” Gammill wrote in her statement, published in full below. Burns appeared in state Superior Court in Stamford on Friday in connection with an animal cruelty charge brought by Darien Police in October. His case, statutorily sealed since he applied for AR, was continued to March 9. Continue Reading →

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