Police See Higher-Than-Usual Number of ‘Delinquent’ Dog Owners

Police say they’re seeing a higher-than-usual number of “delinquent dogs”—animals whose owners have failed to register them with the town. Normally, the deadline for the state-mandated licensing of a dog or renewing an existing license is July 1. This year, that deadline was extended to Aug. 1 to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even so, the town currently has 655 delinquent dogs, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. 

The Town Clerk’s office has sent out renewal notices and reminders, and now Halm is following up, she said.

Brutal Doodles: New Canaan Dogs Bite Census Worker, Two Others

Details of these recent dog bites in town follow a request for information from Officer Allyson Halm, head of the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department. ***

Two Chichester Road dogs have finished a home quarantine after biting a U.S. Census taker who’d come onto their property. On the afternoon of Sept. 17, a golden doodle and Lagotto Romagnolo—an Italian truffle-searching breed—bit the man on his backside and arm, according to police. He sought medical assistance at an urgent care facility. 

The dogs finished a mandatory 14-day quarantine at home Oct.

Animal Control: Leave Your Dogs At Home

Police are urging residents to keep their pets cool and safe amid yet another sustained heat wave this summer. Residents can be seen running with their dogs at Waveny or along South Avenue “and I don’t think they realize how hot that pavement is,” according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department. “It is so unnecessary and dangerous,” she said. “It’s OK the early morning or maybe in the evening If it cooled down, but definitely not in the heat of the day. And dogs don’t cool like we do, so you don’t realize that when a dog is lagging behind, they are saying ‘stop.’ ”

The National Weather Service has plated the area under a Heat Advisory through 8 p.m. Wednesday, saying “hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.” 

“A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time,” the organization said.