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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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New Canaan Veterinary Hospital Launches ‘After Hours Urgent Care’ for Clients

Saying they want to ease pet owners’ minds, officials at a local veterinary hospital are expanding hours and services to meet their clients’ emergency needs. The ‘After Hours Urgent Care’ service at New Canaan Veterinary Hospital will see veterinarians on call through 11 p.m., seven days per week, to advise and care for injured or ill pets after the Vitti Street facility is closed. Spearheaded by chief veterinarian Dr. Paul Potenza, a New Canaan resident, the new service is for established clients of the business only, and those clients will incur no additional costs for emergency treatments, he said. “Most emergencies that people are concerned about don’t require round-the-clock care, and they see a problem in the evening when they get home from work,” Potenza told NewCanaanite.com. “People want to fix it and not worry all night. Continue Reading →

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Police Seek Woman Who Dropped Off Injured Cat at New Canaan Vet

Officials are looking for a woman who dropped off an injured cat a local veterinarian Monday morning, seeking information about how the animal was hurt and to ensure that the drop-off doesn’t amount to a criminal abandoning. The gray-and-white adult male cat has no microchip and came into the New Canaan Veterinary Hospital with a large and gaping wound on its shoulder, according to Officer Allyson Halm of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. “It’s a mess,” Halm said of the injury. A woman dropped him off in a carrier crate and left it at the vet’s, saying the animal had been injured at Smith Ridge Road and Cherry Streets—which, of course, do not intersect—and leaving a name and a phone number that doesn’t work, Halm said. “The reason we are looking for her is it is now a ‘wound of unknown origin’ and I want to make sure he wasn’t scratched or bitten,” Halm said. Continue Reading →

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Peeking behind New Canaan Dog Days

On Sunday, New Canaan will see hundreds of town residents and their dogs descend on a cordoned-off portion Cherry Street for an annual, grassroots community event that organizers say is designed to celebrate our unconditional love for four-legged family members. New Canaan Dog Days—presented by our town’s owner-on-site pet store, Village Critter Outfitter, and local business Aetheria Relaxation Spa, both on Cherry Street—runs 12 to 3 p.m. on June 8. It benefits a pair of animal-focused nonprofits: STARelief, which provides life-saving pet food, veterinary care and medications to families in need with the goal of keeping pets out of shelters and in their homes; and PAWS, which rescues dogs and cats, offers shelter, takes care of medical issues and provides adoption services. Locally based event sponsors include New Canaan Veterinary Hospital, Bankwell, Fern’s Pet & House Sitting and NewCanaanite.com. To preview the event, we connected with Fern Pessin, who produces it, as well as Shirleen Dubuque, owner (and owner-on-site) of Village Critter Outfitter and Beth McCarthy of Aetheria Relaxation Spa. Continue Reading →

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Once Abandoned, New Canaan Puppy Señor Finds Loving Local Home

The puppy that captured New Canaanites’ hearts after he was found abandoned and malnourished downtown two months ago has found a warm, loving local home. The 6-month-old Chihuahua—named ‘Señor’ by the staff at New Canaan Veterinary Hospital—has been adopted by a trusted family that’s local to the area and, importantly, he comes into the Vitti Street facility for daycare to be with his many loving caregivers there, according to Tina Socci, practice manager at New Canaan Veterinary Hospital. “That is the best part, because the family knows we love him so much,” Socci said as Technician Michelle Galanek held the puppy nearby. “What happened was, obviously he’s special and we had someone come forward who is very close with us in the practice,” Socci said of Señor’s adoption. “We know the family, we know the pets, we know the care that they would provide. Continue Reading →

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