Allyson Halm

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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 Continue Reading →

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Did You Hear … ?

Police on Saturday received a call reporting a sick fox at Waveny and an officer of the Animal Control section arriving on scene found that a woman had placed her jacket over the shaking animal, an adult rabies vector species. Events unfolded at about 9:19 a.m. near the trail that exits onto Farm Road. The woman had hoped to transfer the animal to Wildlife In Crisis, according to a police report, but it was not possible—the fox had no hair except on its back and appeared to be suffering from hypothermia. Police put down the animal. ***

Hamptonite, the women’s clothing shop that opened last May in the former Butler Gallery space on Elm Street (roughly opposite Chef Luis), has moved next door into a larger space that used to be occupied by Jack Wills. Continue Reading →

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Animal Control: ‘Dumped’ Dachshund Becomes Adoptable Friday

No one has yet claimed the small dog that appears to have been “dumped” in northwestern New Canaan one week ago, officials said, meaning the animal likely will become adoptable on Friday. Officer Allyson Halm of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section said she’s named the female dachshund ‘Blue’ for the blue merle markings on her coat. “I don’t think she could be sweeter,” Halm said of Blue, who has one blue and one brown eye, and is estimated to be five to eight years old. “She’s outgoing and attentive. I haven’t had a chance yet for her to meet with strangers, though one of the guys [at the Animal Control shelter] walked up to us and I could feel her little tail going.”

Several people have expressed an interest in taking in the dog since she was found walking along the side of the road on the night of Jan. Continue Reading →

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PHOTO: Dachshund Found Tuesday Night in Northwestern New Canaan

Police are seeking the owner of a small dog found in the area of Ponus Ridge and Lost District Drive on Tuesday night. According to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section, the “very sweet female” dachshund was spotted walking along the side of the road around 8 p.m. on Jan. 10. “No one has called looking,” Halm told Police alerted authorities in nearby Pound Ridge, N.Y. about the animal, too, she said. Continue Reading →

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