‘A Tame But Desperate Kitty’: Lost or Dumped Cat Appears Christmas Eve at Transfer Station

A cat that may have been dumped around Christmas at the Transfer Station on Lakeview Avenue is now in custody of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section, officials said. Officer Allyson Halm, head of Animal Control, said she first noticed the orange-and-white cat on Christmas Eve, “cuddled against the wall” next to NCPD’s animal shelter, which is located at the Transfer Station. “It was there all day, it would talk to me and wink, but scatter when I approached,” Halm said. “Of course I fed him, or her, and it ate like it was starving.”

Over the holiday week, Halm found the cat waiting for her each day and the animal would again “eat like it hadn’t seen a meal.”

“I was able to get closer each day, it was obvious this was a tame but desperate kitty,” she said. 

Finally, on Monday, Halm managed to catch the cat and the animal is now inside the shelter staying warm. It isn’t clear just how the cat got to the shelter, whether the animal was dumped or lost, or how old or what sex the animal is. 

If no one claims the cat, it could become adoptable as soon as Jan.

Roaming Peacock Returned to Ponus Ridge Home [UPDATED]

Update 12 p.m. Wednesday

The owner of this peacock saw the story and the bird is now back in a pen at its Ponus Ridge home, according to Officer Allyson Halm of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. The resident has four peacocks in all, she said. Original story

Police are urging the owner of a peacock spotted Monday afternoon wandering around a residential neighborhood in New Canaan to contact Animal Control officials about the exotic bird. The peacock was seen on Wahackme Road between Ponus Ridge and Myanos Road, according to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. The animal eluded capture, he said.

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 NewCanaanite.com 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.

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.