Animal Calls: Four Dog Bites in New Canaan

The New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section fielded reports of four dog bites in recent weeks. The following summaries are based on NCPD incident reports obtained by through Freedom of Information requests. ***

A woman at about 11:47 a.m. on Sept. 22 contacted Officer Allyson Halm, head of Animal Control, saying that she’d been bitten the prior week by a Wheaten terrier she was caring for on West Road while the dog’s owners were away. The woman reported the bite after being told to do so by an attorney, according to a police report.

New Canaan Dog Rescue Group: Animal Cruelty Investigation Is Focused on Organization’s President 

The head of a New Canaan-based dog rescue group is at the center of an animal cruelty investigation involving several dogs that appeared to have died in crates inside a Fairfield home, according to the nonprofit organization’s vice president. Believed to have been sent to either a sanctuary or foster home, the remains of the five dogs were found in the care of Heidi Lueders, president of Bully Breed Rescue Inc., according to a post on the organization’s website attributed to Vice President Chris Antolini. Alerted to local news reports of an investigation at the familiar street address, 37 Prince St. in Fairfield, members and volunteers with Bully Breed “all immediately began cooperating with local police and detectives,” Antolini said. “It is with great sadness that we confirm all five dogs on Prince Street were dogs of Bully Breed Rescue, Inc. under the care of President Heidi Lueders,” Antolini said in the statement.

Police Issue $483 in Fines to New Canaan Woman Who Doesn’t Believe in Leashed Dogs

After a third bizarre incident in two years, New Canaan Police this month issued a total of $483 in tickets to a local woman who has repeatedly asserted that she doesn’t believe in the town’s dog leash ordinance, records show. On the morning of Nov. 2, an officer with the department’s Animal Control section responded to a complaint about a woman at Irwin Park with three dogs off-leash, according to a police report. The complainant had explained to the woman that her own dog was aggressive and she feared that if approached by other canines, the animal would attack, the report said. Yet instead of leashing her dogs at the point, the woman told the complainant not to worry, that dogs shouldn’t be on leashes and they only fight because they’re so tethered, it said.