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.

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Police Chief: Dog Gets Out, Violently Attacks Another, Gets Shot by Officer

Seeking to clear up misinformation posted to social media regarding an active investigation, New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski on Friday said an officer last weekend shot and killed a dog as it violently attacked a neighbor’s canine, threatening the victim animal’s life. According to a press release, at about 11:53 a.m. on June 16, police received a 911 call from a resident saying that her dog was under attack “by an unknown dog in her rear yard.”

“During the 911 call, the homeowner was screaming for help as she watched her dog attacked by the unknown dog,” the chief said. “Officers were sent to the residence as a priority emergency.”

There, police “saw the attacking dog biting and violently shaking the victim dog’s neck.”

“The homeowner who called 911 and a neighbor attempted to separate the two dogs by spraying water from a garden hose and using a hockey stick,” the chief said in the press release. “The unknown dog would not stop attacking.”

Fearing that the aggressor animal would attack the two women or officers, and that the victim dog would be killed, “an officer discharged his duty weapon to stop the attack.”

“The attacking dog succumbed to his injuries after being shot,” Krolikowski said. “The homeowner transported the victim dog to a local veterinarian hospital, and it is expected to survive. Continue Reading →

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Police Issue Verbal Warning to Parks & Rec Commissioner with Dogs Off-Leash

Police on Thursday issued a verbal warning to a New Canaan woman—and member of the town’s Parks & Recreation Commission—who had her dogs off-leash in a public park, records show. According to the daily log of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section, the incident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. at Conner Field. There, Animal Control Officer Allyson Halm spotted the woman and two dogs, a Ridgeback and Labrador, off-leash near the middle of the field, according to the log. Halm and the Animal Control as a standard issue verbal warnings to first-time offenders rather than tickets for allowing a dog to roam. Asked about the incident, Halm said she was “terribly disappointed.”

According to the daily log, the woman when confronted by authorities said she was training the animals. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Dog Bites Child at First Presbyterian

A New Canaan dog is out from under a two-week quarantine after biting a Darien girl last month, according to police. The incident—whose details the victim’s mother and dog’s owner disputed—occurred on a Tuesday at 178 Oenoke Ridge Road, according to a New Canaan Police Department incident report obtained by through a Freedom of Information Act request. The address is the location of First Presbyterian Nursery School. At about 2 p.m. on May 8, the girl outside was petting a 6-year-old miniature Australian shepherd when the dog traveled to a grassy area and its owner called the animal back, the report said. The dog then ran toward the girl and the Darien woman who notified police of the incident heard the child cry out, according to the report. Continue Reading →

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Animal Control: It’s Deer Birthing Season, Don’t Touch the Fawns, They’re OK

Animal Control officials are reminding residents that June is birthing season for deer and it’s not unusual to see fawns on their own around New Canaan. People should “leave fawns alone” as their mothers will leave an odorless, motionless baby up to seven hours when it’s too young to follow her, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. “We ask residents to not touch the fawn for 24 hours,” Halm said. “Ninety-nine percent are gone within that timeframe.”

Fawns typically weigh from four to eight pounds at birth and are under their mother’s care through September, when they’re weaned, according to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “The number of young born ranges from one to four, depending upon the age and condition of the doe,” according to a DEEP factsheet. Continue Reading →

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‘They Are Very Fancy Donkeys’: Nature Center Plans New Barn for Donated Animals

Town officials on Tuesday unanimously approved two items related to a proposed new barn at New Canaan Nature Center whose occupants will include four donkeys. The Board of Selectmen voted 3-0 on a pair of proposals, for the construction of the barn itself in Bliss Park as well as the merger of two parcels there into a single lot—a technical land use concern since the new structure will straddle them. Bill Flynn, the Nature Center’s executive director, said the Oenoke Ridge Road organization has been offered four donkeys by a local woman, “but we do not have the facilities currently to house them.”

Asked by the selectmen whether the animals currently live in a similar structure, Flynn said yes. “They are very fancy donkeys,” he said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. “They have a barn. Continue Reading →

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