Police on Wednesday fined a Darien man $136 after he was caught on video flinging his dog’s poop under a set of bleachers at Waveny Park. At about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, the man could be seen walking his Springer spaniel at Waveny on the large soccer and softball fields, according to police. He was carrying what looked like a child’s snow shovel and could be seen scooping up after his dog and then tossing the waste under a set of bleachers alongside one of the fields, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. The videographer—a local woman—caught the man’s license plate and when police tracked down and confronted him, he was apologetic and confessed, Halm said. The man told police that he believed himself to be doing the sanitary thing by removing the dog poop from an open area, yet he had little to say when told asked whether piling it in a place where people sit and stay was an improvement. Continue Reading →
A coyote killed a small dog on Smith Ridge Road following a scuffle Monday night, police said. Police on Tuesday responded to a report from a man who found the mauled body of a Yorkshire terrier on his property, officials said. While police investigated, the deceased dog’s owner could be seen searching for the animal and told authorities that she had been searching all night, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. Then on Wednesday, Halm said she received a report that a coyote was seen chasing two Cairn terriers on a Carter Street property. Fortunately, the dogs’ owner in that case stepped out and broke up the chase, she said. Continue Reading →
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The black bear climbed a tree on Oenoke Ridge Road, closing the road for a time between Lukes Wood and Turtle Back Roads starting at about 9:15 a.m., officials said. He or she started coming down around 9:25 a.m.
New Canaan Police received reports the first black bear sightings in town of 2018 on Wednesday morning, as eyewitnesses on Hickok Road described seeing the animal around 7:20 a.m., according to local authorities. Two more sightings followed, including at the Country Club of New Canaan golf course off of Smith Ridge Road, meaning the bear is moving east-west, said Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. Halm said she originally had been concerned that New Canaan had a mother bear with young ones, since a resident had reported last month what could have been a pair of cubs, but that the bear seen May 2 was on its own. “So I feel better about that,” she said. Continue Reading →
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Police on Friday afternoon fined a Smith Ridge Lane woman $92 and cited her for allowing a dog to roam after her 10-year-old Parson Russell Terrier was found by a passing motorist on Route 123, officials said. In 20 years, more than two dozen calls regarding the same resdient’s roaming dogs have been made to police, records show. The terrier was licensed and up-to-date, though the little dog was found on Smith Ridge Road with no collar, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. The motorist who found the animal said the dog was walking in Smith Ridge Road and that by picking up the animal she had saved its life. Local authorities urge owners to ensure their dogs are licensed and collared with ID tags at all times, so that the animals can be returned home quickly if lost and found. Continue Reading →
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Saying it would generate an additional $9,000 in revenue, parks officials said this month that they’re planning to propose higher fees for those who use the dog run at Waveny. An early version of the new slate would see the annual registration fee for a first dog at Spencer’s Run go from $25 to $40 for residents and $40 to $60 for nonresidents, while the fee for additional dogs would rise from $15 to $25, according to the Parks & Recreation Commission. Chair Sally Campbell said the Commission could vote on the proposed higher rates at its next meeting and that they would go into effect after next year’s budget season. “The point is that these are quite low and there is a lot of maintenance that needs to be done in the park and it’s supposed to be the people who go to the park are the ones who are supposed to be the ones funding the repairs through fees,” Campbell said at the April 11 meeting, held at Lapham Community Center. There are 843 members of Spencer’s Run and just over half of them are nonresidents, according to Commissioner Rona Siegel. Continue Reading →