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

Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Owners of Dog in Vicious Attack

Police are calling for the public’s help in identifying the owners of an off-leash dog that attacked and gravely wounded a smaller canine in New Canaan last week, and left the scene. 

The attack took place in the back of South School, near Crystal Street, at about 8:50 p.m. on July 11, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. A man and woman had been with the aggressor dog, a shepherd-type breed, when it attacked a mini-golden doodle who was on leash, Halm said. The pair were asked for contact information but declined to give it and left, she said. Though police have some footage of the man from area surveillance cameras (see above), no information on their vehicle’s make or license plate could be seen, she said. Anyone who knows or recognizes the attacking dog or owners is asked to please contact Animal Control at 203-594-3510.  Continue Reading →

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Police Seek Owner of Cat Found on Talmadge Hill Road

Police are seeking the owner of a black-and-white cat found July 4 on Talmadge Hill Road. Believed to be male, the cat is in good condition and has no microchip, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. He was hanging around near the Talmadge Hill resident’s home and taken in on Independence Day. On July 6, the cat bit that individual, believed to be in a playful manner, Halm said. The cat is being quarantined at New Canaan Veterinary Hospital, she said. Continue Reading →

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‘We Named Him Howie Mandel’: Bald, Vocal Cockatiel Found on Cecil Place

A cockatiel found in rough shape in New Canaan is in the care of an animal hospital and will be adopted by a staff member there if unclaimed, officials say. The bird, believed to be male, was found wandering out of an open garage on Cecil Place by homeowners one morning late last week after they were alerted to the cockatiel’s presence by unusual chirping noises, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. “We named him ‘Howie Mandel’ because he is bald and very vocal,” Halm said. It isn’t clear whether someone “dumped” the cockatiel or if he escaped from his home. The bird was thin and is missing feathers on the back of his head, she said. Continue Reading →

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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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