Animal 411

Details on activity within the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control unit, including rabies and wildlife calls, as well as local pet-adoptions and other animal-related news in New Canaan.

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Two Dogs Bite Humans in New Canaan

A pair of New Canaan dogs completed quarantines this week after biting humans in December. On Dec. 19, a leashed 18-month-old male Maltese bit a pet store worker in the leg while his owner perused the aisles, according to a police report. The attack amounted to a bruise and some scratches, though the victim did go to an urgent care facility for treatment, the report said. The dog’s vaccines were up-to-date and the state-mandated 14-day quarantine is over. Continue Reading →

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Failed Heating System Prompts Officials To Close New Canaan Animal Control Shelter

The New Canaan Animal Control shelter has been closed since Dec. 31, officials say, when they had to shut off the water there because of a failed heat pump at the brick building. The sustained freezing temperatures of the last two weeks essentially rendered the small structure at the dump unusable, according to Bill Oestmann, superintendent of buildings for the Department of Public Works. “When it gets down to these temperatures, it’s an old incinerator building, it’s a non-insulated building that was never designed to have heat in it and the heat they put into it cannot keep up with zero-degree temperatures consistently,” he told when asked about the problem. Mercifully, none of the animals that typically take up residence at the shelter—primarily roaming, injured or “dumped” dogs—have lived there since the heating failed. Continue Reading →

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Dispute Erupts After Off-Leash Dog Pees on Neighbor’s Patio

Police cited Deep Valley Road man for allowing a dog to roam after the animal urinated on a neighbor’s patio on a recent afternoon, the latest incident in a longstanding dispute. The complainant had been working in his back yard on a Tuesday afternoon in late-November when he noticed the dog doing its business, according to a police report obtained by through a Freedom of Information request. The man told police during a subsequent interview that he “became angry and began yelling at the dog,” then noticed the animal’s owner standing in his driveway, smoking, and told him to “Get the [expletive] out of here,” the report said. The homeowner then “picked up a trash can filled with leaves in an aggressive manner,” as though to throw it at the dog, and the neighbor left his property slowly, it said. Police learned of the incident after being called to the complainant’s home at about 4:08 p.m. on Nov. Continue Reading →

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Visiting Dog Bites 12-Year-Old New Canaan Girl

A mixed-breed dog from out-of-state is under quarantine for two weeks after biting a 12-year-old girl earlier this month, officials said. The girl’s wounds, punctures on her upper left thigh, are not considered serious, according to Officer Allyson Halm of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control Unit. The bite occurred on Dec. 1, when the girl visited a next-door neighbor’s house on Siwanoy Lane, according to a police report. She had been accustomed to see a friendly dog there, the report said, but on that Friday found a second canine described as a male “mountain dog mix” there, too, the report said. Continue Reading →

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Man Charged with Animal Cruelty Following New Canaan Dog’s Death Seeks a Form of Parole

The Darien owner of a now-shuttered, unlicensed pet boarding business—in whose care a New Canaan golden retriever died this summer from what veterinarians call extreme heat exposure—is seeking a form of parole. An attorney representing Terry Burns, 44, charged Oct. 6 with animal cruelty, said during a hearing in state Superior Court in Stamford Thursday that his client is applying for “accelerated rehabilitation.”

It isn’t clear whether prosecutors and police with object to the application, how long an approved ‘AR’ would last or what its terms would be. Judge John Blawie told the state’s attorney and Burns’s lawyer, criminal defense attorney Matthew Maddox, that the Darien man wouldn’t be allowed to have any pets as part of a possible future set of conditions, and that Animal Control officials would be notified of that stipulation. The case was continued to Jan. Continue Reading →

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