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

Brooks Road Cat Serves Two-Week Quarantine After Biting Neighbor in the Leg

A Brooks Road cat is back home following a legally required two-week quarantine, imposed by New Canaan Police after the animal apparently bit a neighbor on the leg, officials said. The rabies vaccination for the orange domestic short hair cat, named ‘Finnegan,’ had expired in November—about three months prior to the attack, according to an incident report obtained by NewCanaanite.com following a Freedom of Information request. Police learned of the incident at about 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 7 (a Tuesday), according to the report, from NCPD’s Animal Control section. It started when the victim, a 69-year-old Mortimer Street woman, told police she had been “attacked by a neighbor’s cat,” the report said. Continue Reading →

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Police Open Animal Cruelty Case After Starving Dog Is Found Roaming at Waveny

Police have opened an animal cruelty case after finding a severely emaciated dog in Waveny last week, officials said. Collarless and un-chipped, the female bulldog-and-boxer mix first was spotted in Waveny at about 11 a.m. last Tuesday by a park visitor who contacted the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department, according to Officer Allyson Halm. The animal, perhaps five or six years old, almost certainly was “dumped” there, said Halm, head of Animal Control. “This is an open animal cruelty case,” she said. “There is no way you could call and claim this dog and not have to explain.”

Halm said the dog “couldn’t be sweeter” and immediately responded when police approached. Continue Reading →

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‘Oh My God We Are So in Love with Her’: Senior Dachshund ‘Dumped’ in New Canaan Adopted Out To Loving Norwalk Home

The senior daschshund found on a Tuesday night last month in northwestern New Canaan after apparently being “dumped” in town appears to be thriving with the Norwalk family that adopted her. McKinley Dorrico, 24, said she named her newest family member ‘Chloe’ after a mischievous dog in the 1966 film ‘The Ugly Dachshund,’ about a Great Dane that thinks it’s a little daschhund. “She is the sweetest thing. Oh my god we are so in love with her,” Dorrico said. Chloe had been found around 8 p.m. on Jan. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Animal Control Officer Creates ‘Coyote Safety Kits’ for Residents

Since starting as head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section nearly two years ago, Officer Allyson Halm has fielded and mapped daily calls of coyote sightings. In one-on-one conversations with concerned New Canaanites and as a panelist in larger events, Halm has preached about learning to co-exist with coyotes. Now, in select cases, she can offer those who deal regularly with coyotes on their properties a set of tools to take with them outside—for example, when letting out a dog in the yard. Underwritten by New Canaan resident and animal welfare advocate Cathy Kangas and her company, PRAI Beauty, the “Coyote Safety Kits” Halm has put together include “hazing” safety guidelines, reusable safety air blaster or air horn, mini-air blasters (for use while running or for kids), bear bell, whistle, reflective tape and “throw can” (a noisemaker that can be used to scare off coyotes from a distance). “They are available now and we are going to utilize them on a case-by-case basis” depending on the frequency of sightings and brazenness of the coyotes involved, Halm told NewCanaanite.com. Continue Reading →

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Long-Running Dispute Flares Up When Neighbor Is Accused of Repeatedly Walking Dog onto Lawn Across the Street To Defecate

Police have fielded a Cheese Spring Road man’s complaint that his neighbor across the street deliberately and repeatedly walked a dog to defecate on his lawn during the holidays. In the latest installment of a dispute that appears to go back many years, the 63-year-old complainant told the head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section that on Dec. 24 he had been backing down the driveway with a son-in-law in the car when he spotted his neighbor with a squatting Siberian husky, according to a case report obtained by NewCanaanite.com following a Freedom of Information request. The son-in-law “directed me to the spot where the dog did its business,” according to a sworn statement. “I went to it and took a picture of the turd left by the dog. Continue Reading →

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