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Coyote, Labradoodle Fight on Ponus Ridge Early Thursday

A coyote fought Thursday morning with a 40-pound Labradoodle on Ponus Ridge—a tussle broken up by a ready caregiver who banged together pots and pans to chase off the wildlife, police said. It happened around 8:30 a.m. and the 3-year-old male Labradoodle appeared to have suffered no injuries, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. Because there was direct contact between the beasts, rabies protocol calls for a booster shot as soon as possible and a 45-day home observation period, Halm said. She forms part of an expert panel that will speak on coyotes—focusing on the animals’ behavior and how to coexist peacefully with them—to be held in the art gallery at New Canaan Library on Saturday, April 8. Halm underscored that in this case, the residents are accustomed to seeing coyotes so “they have their hazing techniques down.”

The Labradoodle owners’ property on upper Ponus Ridge abuts Aquarion land near the reservoir, and the coyote may well have been protecting its territory in attacking the dog, according to Halm. Continue Reading →

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The photos from our gallery this week are from a party honoring town resident Dick DePatie after 19 years as parish administrator at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Congratulations to Dick and the DePaties! The March 17 ‘DePatie DeParty’ in Morrill Hall featured musical numbers, including from a ukulele band. ***

Officer Allyson Halm of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section this week will begin making door-to-door visits to residents who have been unresponsive to calls to renew their dogs’ licenses. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan High School took in about $47,000 at the 2016 Turkey Bowl, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi told members of the Town Council this week. ***

Originally scheduled to arrive this week, the amended zoning permit application from Grace Farms now is not expected to arrive until March 27 for review next month, officials said. ***

The Police Commission voted 3-0 on Wednesday night to approve the Pop Up Park’s proposed dates of operation for the summer of 2017—continuously, from July 16 to Sept. 4. ***

New Canaan Police Department Animal Control Officer Allyson Halm already is out of the “coyote safety kits” she put together for residents last month, and there are 24 people on a waiting list for more. Continue Reading →

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$136 Fine for Woman with Off-Leash Dog at Waveny

Police issued a ticket to a 52-year-old New Canaan woman on a recent morning for having an off-leash dog at Waveny. The Labradoodle owner had been seen with her dog off-leash on the park’s trails in the past and received verbal warnings by the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department, officials said. In this instance, at about 10 a.m. on Feb. 27, she parked near the Carriage Barn Arts Center and allowed her leash-less dog to hop out of the car and walk down along an access road toward a trailhead, according to Animal Control. The fine is $136 total—that’s $90 for the infraction and $46 for a state processing fee—for have a dog off-leash in a park. Continue Reading →

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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 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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