Allyson Halm

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Visiting Dog Bites 12-Year-Old New Canaan Girl

A mixed-breed dog from out-of-state is under quarantine for two weeks after biting a 12-year-old girl earlier this month, officials said. The girl’s wounds, punctures on her upper left thigh, are not considered serious, according to Officer Allyson Halm of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control Unit. The bite occurred on Dec. 1, when the girl visited a next-door neighbor’s house on Siwanoy Lane, according to a police report. She had been accustomed to see a friendly dog there, the report said, but on that Friday found a second canine described as a male “mountain dog mix” there, too, the report said. Continue Reading →

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Police: Two Bobcat Sightings in Waveny This Month

The head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control unit is urging Waveny visitors to bring a hazing tool with them after two reported bobcat sightings in the popular park this month. A bobcat crossed in front of a jogger’s path at Waveny on Nov. 20, following an initial sighting reported on Nov. 8, according to Officer Allyson Halm. It’s a good idea at Waveny to have a hazing tool of some kind, mostly because of coyotes, she said. Continue Reading →

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Police Seek Owner of Human-Attacking Cat [PHOTOS]

New Canaan Animal Control officials are trying to find the owner of a free-roaming cat that bit and scratched a town woman this week, forcing her to undergo a series of rabies shots. The dark brown tabby on Tuesday morning attacked a Douglas Road woman in her own fenced backyard as she approached to greet the animal, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. The woman was treated by EMTs due to injuries on the back of her calf, Halm said. The same cat crossed Route 106 and ended up Wednesday on a High View Terrace property, where it was photographed, Halm said. There, it nipped at a woman’s shoe. Continue Reading →

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Citations Issued after New Canaan Woman Lodges Complaint about Neighbor’s ‘Menacing’ Dog

Police have cited a Long Lots Road dog owner for two counts of failure to license following a complaint lodged by a neighbor who told authorities that a black Labrador mix next door had been “menacing” her “for a long time,” records show. On Aug. 19, according to the menaced neighbor, the 6-year-old Labrador-Australian shepherd mixed-breed dog “charged up to” the woman “at her mailbox and she was afraid to move.”

Eventually “she spoke softly to the dog and it backed away, then she returned to her home shaking in fear,” according to an incident report from the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section, obtained by through a Freedom of Information Act request. The following day, she lodged a formal complaint with Animal Control. In it, the neighbor said the dog “runs after vehicles and anyone walking by the yard, but there have been multiple incidents wherein the dog did not adhere to the electric fence and comes out onto the shared driveway chasing people,” according to the police report. Continue Reading →

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Elm Street Poodle Re-Homed After Attacking Smaller Dogs Again

A New Canaan poodle has been re-homed following a biting incident last weekend at a condo complex downtown, officials said. Long owned by an older woman who lives in Pride’s Crossing on Elm Street, the standard poodle on Saturday attacked a pair of leashed Havanese after bolting from its unit, according to a police report. One of the dogs sustained puncture wounds to its leg, according to Officer Allyson Halm of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. The same dog nine months ago similarly had gotten out of its home and attacked a small dog, according to Halm. Neighbors have said several other incidents have gone unreported, officials said. Continue Reading →

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