[Note: The arrested woman’s name has been removed from this article.]
A 56-year-old New Canaan woman turned herself in to police Tuesday morning on an active warrant for failure to respond to an infraction.
The woman had been cited by Fairfield Police in November for failure to vaccinate her dog for rabies.
At about 12:34 p.m. on Nov. 1, a Thursday, an officer during a routine dog compliance check at Lake Mohegan in Fairfield saw her walking a black Labrador mixed-breed dog in the parking lot, according to a Fairfield Police incident report. The dog had no license or rabies tag, as required by law, according to the incident report.
The woman said that’s because the dog was just under six months of age, according to the report. The officer told her the rabies tag is required at three months of age, it said.
The Fairfield Police Department’s Animal Control officer then issued her the infraction summons.
She failed to pay or plead, leading to the issuance of the paperless re-arrest warrant through which New Canaan Police charged her this week. She turned herself in at 11:38 a.m. on March 26.
“The Fairfield Police Department does regular, random enforcement at this open space due to the high number of violations, and to ensure the safety and security of all of the people who use the public space.” Fairfield Police Capt. Robert Kalamaras said in a statement.
The woman, a Silvermine Road resident, was released on $90 bond and scheduled to appear April 9 in state Superior Court.