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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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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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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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Did You Hear … ?

A 12-year-old Labradoodle on Wednesday finished its legally required 2-week home confinement after biting a young boy on the leg on Jan. 11, officials said. The Saxe Middle School student stepped onto a private property on Canoe Hill Road after getting off the bus and the dog, a resident there, bit him in the calf, according to a police report. The incident wasn’t reported until the following day, when the boy’s leg began to ache and swell at school, according to the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department. ***

Here’s a big ‘Congratulations’ to 2015 New Canaan High School graduate and All-State First Team baseball player Zack Smith on a rare honor achieved as a sophomore at Newport, R.I.-based Salve Regina University: captain of the school’s baseball team. Continue Reading →

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