Animal Calls: Dogs on Tennis Courts, Bobcat Sightings, Fox on St. John Place

Here’s a roundup of recent activity of the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department. ***

Animal Control issued a verbal warning to a Norwalk woman who had been letting two Akitas off-leash at the fenced-in tennis courts at New Canaan High School. The first complaint about it came in Feb. 4, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of Animal Control. A member of Spencer’s Run, the woman agreed to take the large-breed dogs there after receiving the warning.

New Canaan Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty

Fairfield police on Tuesday arrested a 31-year-old New Canaan woman by warrant and charged her with five counts of animal cruelty, two months after finding the remains of dogs in crates inside the Fairfield home where she had been residing. Heidi Lueders, now of Marshall Ridge Road, additionally was charged with first-degree criminal damage to a landlord’s property by a tenant, according to a press release issued by Fairfield Police Capt. Robert Kalamaras. 

Police launched an investigation on the afternoon of Nov. 14 after responding to a report of animal cruelty at 37 Prince St. in Fairfield. There, officers found “several animal carcasses, which are believed to be canine remains, in crates within the residence,” Kalmaras said in the release. 

“Fairfield Animal Control Officers and Detectives responded to the house to further investigate.