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

Elderly Man, Dog Rescued After Falling into Icy Pond

Emergency responders on Thursday afternoon rescued an elderly man and his dog after they fell through the ice of a pond on his property, officials said. At about 2:44 p.m., New Canaan Police received a 911 call from a home on Dan’s Highway regarding an elderly man who had fallen into waist-deep water after attempting to rescue his own dog, who had fallen through the ice, according to a police report. Police as well as the New Canaan Fire Department and New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded. The elderly man was pulled from the water and treated by EMTs, the report said. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had to go to the Emergency Room at Norwalk Hospital. Continue Reading →

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‘My Sweet Girl Was Truly Special’: New Canaan Woman’s Statement on Puppy Killed in Darien Man’s Care Added to Animal Cruelty Case

A New Canaan woman in a forceful statement on her experience last summer of learning that her 13-month-old puppy had died in the care of a Darien man found by police to be operating an non-registered kennel is pushing for justice officials to deny him a form of parole. Mimi Gammill in a statement submitted to prosecutors in the case of Terry Burns, owner of the now-shuttered Terry’s House of Pets, requests that he be denied “accelerated rehabilitation” or ‘AR’ in order to send a message “there are severe consequences” for mistreating animals. “My heart is broken after losing my Betsy but Mr. Burns’ crimes are much bigger than just her death and the consequences he must face should reflect that,” Gammill wrote in her statement, published in full below. Burns appeared in state Superior Court in Stamford on Friday in connection with an animal cruelty charge brought by Darien Police in October. His case, statutorily sealed since he applied for AR, was continued to March 9. Continue Reading →

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‘Coyotes Are Active in This Area’: Instructive Sign Posted at Waveny Cornfields, More Coming

A sign warning visitors to “Be alert” because “Coyotes are active in this area” has been installed at the main entrance to the cornfields at Waveny, and additional signs are to be posted elsewhere in New Canaan parks, officials said. With tips on what to do if approached by a coyote and how to protect pets, as well as police contact information for those worried about an encounter, the signs are designed to help educate park-goers, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. “I have people walk up to me at Waveny on a regular basis, surprised at what they had just seen,” Halm said. “To me, we can’t educate enough. I don’t want anybody to come up and say, ‘I didn’t know. Continue Reading →

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Mountain Lion Seen on Nursery Road in New Canaan

Town officials said on Monday that they received a credible report of a mountain lion sighting in New Canaan earlier this month. The Jan. 16 sighting on the eastern end of Nursery Road (near the Merritt Parkway) came in from a man who described a tail three feet long—a physical characteristic that distinguishes the cougar from smaller felines, such as bobcats—and saw the animal directly in front of his car, walking under a streetlight, in a well-lit area, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. “We are not alone,” Halm said of the sighting. She said it’s important for residents to be aware that larger predators are becoming increasingly comfortable in this area. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Terrier Overdue for Rabies Vaccination Bites Town Woman

A Jack Russell terrier bit a New Canaan woman on a Tuesday night last month, two days after the dog had been due for its rabies vaccination, according to police. The little Turtleback Road animal, Henry, bit the woman after she got down on the ground to say hello to him at about 7:01 p.m. on Dec. 12, according to an incident report obtained by NewCanaanite.com through a Freedom of Information Act request. It wasn’t clear just where the victim was bitten or what was the extent of her injuries, though after declining transportation through the local ambulance service, she went to Norwalk Hospital’s emergency room for treatment on her own, according to the police report. The dog’s owner, Susan Rein, told authorities that Henry had been crated since the bite, according to the police officer’s incident report. Continue Reading →

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