Police Bring Abandoned Bunny to ‘Blessing of the Animals’ at St. Mark’s

Police say they found a neglected rabbit abandoned near the town dump last week. Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section, said she picked up the one-year-old female bunny on Oct. 1 on Lincoln Drive. 

The animal was “found hiding behind a resident’s garbage cans, thin and matted,” Halm said. On Sunday, Animal Control Officer Jillian Bosch brought the bunny to the Blessing of the Animals at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Town Worker Rescues Goose Caught in Soccer Net at Saxe

A Canada goose caught in a soccer net at Saxe Middle School is recovering at an area animal hospital thanks to a town employee. Dave Peters of the Parks Department, who had been mowing a field at Saxe on Monday afternoon, stopped his mower and contacted police for assistance in freeing the struggling bird, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. “We were able to cut it free, but I knew I couldn’t release it because it had opened wounds which would attract flies then produce maggots,” Halm told NewCanaanite.com. 

The goose now is recuperating at South Wilton Veterinary Group and will be released once healed, she said. The Oct. 1 rescue follows an incident about one month ago at Kiwanis Park where an area mom of two young kids rescued an injured Canada goose under attack by red-tailed hawks.

‘Frozen in Fear’: Cat Found Dumped in Waveny Is Up for Adoption

A domestic shorthair cat that officials say likely was “dumped” in Waveny is now up for adoption. 

A woman came across the white-silver tabby on the afternoon of Sept. 24 and thought the cat injured because the animal didn’t move as she passed with a leashed dog, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. The approximately 5- to 10-year-old cat was “found curled in a ball, frozen in fear in the parking lot across from the main house,” Halm said. Because the cat didn’t move when Halm approached, police thought she must’ve been severely injured. But the animal was just frightened, Halm said.

PHOTOS: Police See Sharp Rise in Coyote Sightings 

Police say they’re seeing a spike in coyote activity, with nine sightings so far in September. The coyotes likely are juveniles born last spring who have been kicked out of their dens or young males doing surveillance for the next breeding season, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. She’s encouraging residents to use hazing techniques when encountering the animals. “The calls are coming in one after another,” Halm said. “People just have to realize it’s a lifestyle change if you want to protect your pet this is what we have to do.”

Here’s a snapshot of September sightings:

Coyotes are monogamous and generally breed between January and March, giving birth from April to mid-May following a gestation period of about 63 days, officials say.