Emaciated Racing Pigeon Rescued at Waveny

Police last week rescued an emaciated racing pigeon that touched down in New Canaan parks, the second such bird to have flown off-course and landed in town in the past month. Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section, said that she first spotted an exhausted pigeon last Monday, resting under cars in the parking lot at Irwin Park. 

The pigeon hopped away that day, but Halm said she saw the same distinctive bird on Thursday on a trail at Waveny. “It let me catch it,” Halm said. “Skinny as all can be… You can clearly feel the breastbone.”

Domestically raised and trained, racing pigeons are tagged and belong to hobbyists who release them remotely and clock the time it takes them to fly back home in competition. The rescued bird is now “eating like a pig,” Halm said.

Police: Coyote Snatches Adams Lane Dog

Animal Control officials are urging residents on the west side of New Canaan to be alert after two coyote versus dog incidents this week, including one where a Chihuahua mix was taken. On Monday, a resident of Knapp Lane reported that a Labrador retriever sustained puncture wounds to the inside of a back thigh after two coyotes were sighted in his yard, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. On Thursday, a man on Adams Lane put his two dogs out in the yard while he went briefly to his garage and then heard a commotion, Halm said. He watched two large coyotes snatch his 13-pound white Chihuahua mixed-breed dog and run off through the woods, Halm said. The man chased but was unable to keep up with the coyotes, and believes his dog was already dead in the animal’s mouth, she said.

New Canaan Girl Bitten by Dog During Playdate

A husky-type dog on Journeys End Road bit a New Canaan girl on both legs during a play date last month, prompting treatment at hospital emergency room, police said. The victim’s father contacted Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section, on the afternoon of  June 21, about one hour after an Alaskan Klee Klai bit the girl, according to an incident report obtained by NewCanaanite.com through a Freedom of Information request. The dog, named ‘Stryker,’ was outside with the children when the girl began to run and the animal “began to chase and nipped the child,” according to the report, citing information from Stryker’s owner. The owner, mom of the girl hosting the play date, washed the area of the wounds and put a Band-Aid on it, the report said. Under state law, dogs who bite people on their own property must undergo a 14-day quarantine, and it can be completed at home.