Moynihan: Animal Shelter Is Actually a Police Commission Issue

More than one year after concerns about the condition of New Canaan’s animal shelter were raised publicly, and weighing in multiple times, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said last week that the facility falls within the jurisdiction of an appointed town body, not him. People should voice their concerns about the shelter—a non-insulated former incinerator building, located at the town dump—to the Police Commission, Moynihan said during a Dec. 15 meeting of the Board of Selectmen. “There has been lot of chatter about animal shelter,” Moynihan said during the meeting, held via videoconference. “People don’t realize that the Police Commission doesn’t report to me and the animal control officer reports to the police chief, and I think if there’s issues that we want to raise here, people should raise them with the Police Commission,” he said.

‘Palmer Became Very Agitated’: NCPD Incident Reports Detail Arrested Woman’s Response in Animal Cruelty Case

Authorities in removing 12 neglected dogs from a New Canaan home on a Tuesday morning last month found feces matted to some of the animals’ bodies, police records show. Some of the 10 puppies that local and state officials found in Catherine Palmer’s Butler Lane home on Nov. 17 appeared to be just a few days old, and the type of dry kibble made for newborns wasn’t available to them, according to New Canaan Police Department incident reports. 

There on a search-and-seizure warrant after a months-long investigation found that three puppies at the house had died, police found feces on the floor in the area of the kitchen where the animals were corralled, according to photographs submitted as part of a petition to transfer custody of the dogs to the town. Through a tenant in the home, Mark Harris, NCPD Animal Control Officer Allyson Halm spoke on the phone with Palmer while in the house. “I advised Palmer why we were in the house and that an arrest warrant had been issued for her relating to the deaths of three puppies,” Halm said in her incident report. 

“I further advised she should respond to the residence if she wanted to discuss the matter further.

Police: Another Puppy Died after Palmer Made Thanksgiving Weekend Drop-Offs to Buyers 

Police say that prior to turning herself in Sunday on an active arrest warrant following the deaths of three puppies at her New Canaan home, Catherine Palmer traveled throughout the region with a vehicle full of puppies, making deliveries to people who’d purchased them. One of those puppies died last weekend, according to police. Palmer, 48, is accused of operating an illegal pet store, neglecting dogs and denying them access to medical care. Following a months-long investigation, police on Nov. 12 obtained a state Superior Court judge’s signature on a warrant charging her with three counts of felony cruelty to animals.