Mountain Lion Seen on Briscoe Road

A Briscoe Road woman on Monday saw a mountain lion while walking her dog, in what New Canaan Police are classifying as a credible cougar sighting, the third of 2018. 

Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section, called for residents in the area of Briscoe and North Wilton Roads to check surveillance video for images of the animal. “We have had enough sightings that we believe are credible and people just need to always be alert,” Halm said. “We do live in the woods. Everyone needs to be prepared to see a bear, to see a mountain lion, always. We can’t let our guard down.

Dog Bites New Canaan Girl in Face

A New Canaan girl suffered abrasions on her nose and cheek after a friend’s dog bit her during a play date, according to police records. The dog—a Rhodesian Ridgeback named ‘Dunkin’—had been fostered by a Gerdes Road family for just five days when he bit the 15-year-old girl on Aug. 31, sending her to Norwalk Hospital for treatment, according to a case report obtained by NewCanaanite.com through a Freedom of Information Act request. Police learned of the incident the following day when the dog’s owner, a New Milford woman, phoned to ask about what happens after a dog bite, according to the report, filed by Officer Roy Adams. Adams advised the woman that the dog must undergo a quarantine at a licensed facility. 

By that time, a Ridgefield woman and friend of the owner had already removed the dog, the report said. Ultimately, police confirmed with Dunkin’s veterinarian—New Milford-based Candlewood Animal Hospital—that the dog is up-to-date on his shots, and he underwent the required 14-day quarantine at Passage East Kennels of Wilton.

Mom of Two Rescues Gravely Injured Goose at Kiwanis Park

Lauren Schwarmann’s only intention in entering Kiwanis Park last Friday morning was to take her two little boys, 3-year-old Lucas and 2-year-old Reece, to the small playground, a family favorite. Her plans changed quickly when, after pulling her truck into the Old Norwalk Road park, she spotted what appeared to be a dog or cat under attack by a pair of red-tailed hawks. “All I saw was wings everywhere,” Schwarmann recalled. “It was in the middle of the field and I quickly drove the car up to it and there were two hawks landing on him. There wings were on him.

Owners of Bruno the Bulldog Cited by Police for Roaming, Fined $92 After He’s Found Distressed Again on Hot Day

About one year after police saved the life of an overheating dog downtown, Animal Control on Aug. 28 issued a $92 infraction to the animal’s owners after it happened again. According to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section, a FedEx driver spotted the bulldog roaming on Locust Avenue at midday during the high heat spell and immediately picked up the dog and brought him to police headquarters. There, Halm tried to cool down the dog, Bruno, “because he was just really struggling,” she said. She identified Bruno’s family through his tags and contacted them. 

A similar incident had occurred in July 2017, when Bruno was found on the street by a police officer with significant trouble breathing and was so weak he wouldn’t take water.

Terrier’s Owner Fined Twice in One Week for Allowing Dog To Roam

Police recently took the rare step of citing the same resident twice in the same week for allowing a dog to roam. The Smith Ridge Lane woman’s Jack Russell Terrier—a culprit in the past, according to the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section—was found off-property on July 12 and again on July 14. The older dog tends to wander onto the nearby Country Club of New Canaan property, and was picked up there both times after an officer had responded to an initial call for a roaming dog, found the animal and did not ticket the owner, according to Animal Control. The citation carries a $92 fine. 

This particular dog has been found wandering on Smith Ridge Road which “is very, very dangerous,” according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of Animal Control. Police rarely issue the roaming fine and generally do so only when dogs get out often.