Moose, the 10-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever and serial escapee who lives off of Nursery Road, close to the Merritt Parkway, recently got off property again, officials say.
Police received a call at 7:34 a.m. on Oct. 8 about the dog roaming in the area of Nursery and Marvin Ridge Roads.
The dog’s owners used to have an invisible fence that, for whatever reason, hadn’t functioned, and the lab routinely roamed the neighborhood—a dangerous one that includes the parkway as well as White Oak Shade Road, one of many local roads where motorists are known to travel at a good clip.
Moose’s owners vowed to put up a physical fence on their property, Animal Control Officer Maryann Kleinschmitt has said.
The physical fence had a hole in it, though, and the dog continued to get out. In this most recent instance, the gate in the backyard appears to have been left unlatched, Kleinschmitt said. The owners moved to New Canaan recently from the Midwest, where outdoor dogs perhaps are granted a bit more freedom to roam. Police issued a written warning to the owners.
The family also has a yellow Labrador retriever, who seems less inclined to explore, Kleinschmitt said.