Animal Control Roundup: Dogs Bite People, Child Touches Bat

Authorities on a recent afternoon issued written warnings to the owner of a Bernese Mountain Dog-Poodle mix (or “Bernadoodle”) after the dog bit a local man in a nature preserve in western New Canaan. The July 24 bite occurred in the New Canaan Land Trust’s Watson-Symington Preserve off of Wellesley Drive, according to Animal Control Officer Allyson Halm. According to the Land Trust’s website, dogs are only allowed off-leash from “sunrise to noon, provided that dogs are under strict voice control, stay on-trail, and stay within 25 feet of their human.”

In this case, two dogs were off-leash after noon and one of them charged the man and bit in on the right thigh, prompting Halm to issue written warnings for off-leash and nuisance dog. The man who was bitten sought medical attention, Halm said. Here are other recent animal-related incidents in New Canaan: 

On the morning of July 27, a child at Camp Y-Ki in Kiwanis Park touched a bat hanging from a tree near the swimming hole, Halm said.

‘Very Blessed and Lucky’: Pregnant Stray Cat Is Rescued, Gives Birth to Five Healthy Kittens

The pregnant stray cat that local authorities and residents of the Vitti Street neighborhood have been trying to help gave birth Monday to a healthy litter of five kittens, officials say. Named ‘Elsa’ by Animal Control Officer Allyson Halm after she survived the heavy wind and rain storm with that name earlier this month, the young cat was finally caught two weeks ago and managed to survive thanks to a Warren-based rescue organization. 

Halm said she was feeling “very blessed and lucky that the stars were aligned the angels were watching.”

“This cat was very, very lucky to get off the streets,” she said. “And it’s probably her first litter because she is a young animal. And it will be her last litter, and kittens will be properly placed.”

The kittens “look fabulous,” Halm said. Elsa was not faring well during a state-mandated seven-day hold at the New Canaan Police Department animal shelter, Halm said.