New Canaan Police last month assessed more than $400 in fines to a local woman who has been cited repeatedly for allowing her dogs to roam off-leash on public property.
The most recent incident occurred on Feb. 8 (a Saturday) at the New Canaan High School track, according to an incident report obtained by NewCanaanite.com through a public records request.
Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section, said in the report that a woman reported the incident to authorities in a voicemail received the following Monday, and that she recognized the dogs as belonging to town resident Amanda Coulon.
Coulon “has been issued infractions four times for violating the Town Ordinance in parks throughout town,” Halm said in the report.
Halm referred to the first part of Section 6.8 of the Town Code: “Except in a dog run established by the Town, no person shall bring any dog into any public park, public playground, public school grounds, public parking lot, public street or sidewalk unless the dog is on a leash or lead that is no more than 25 feet in length and under the control of its owner or keeper at all times.”
Halm said she spoke to Coulon on Feb. 11 “who stated she did have the dogs off leash.”
Halm has said in past incident reports that Coulon has two French bulldogs and a chihuahua. In November 2018, she was fined $483 for having the dogs off-leash at Irwin Park and she had been cited for similar incidents in November 2016 at Waveny Park and September 2017 at Kiwanis.
In the NCHS incident, Halm issued infraction summonses for three counts of violating the town ordinance. Each count carries a $90 fine that comes to $136 with state fees, or $408 total.
“Couon stated she understood and agreed to accept the summons,” Halm said.
The dogs are all licensed, Halm said in the report.
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