Town Worker Rescues Goose Caught in Soccer Net at Saxe


A Canada goose caught in a soccer net at Saxe Middle School is recovering at an area animal hospital thanks to a town employee.

The Canada goose caught Oct. 1 in a soccer net at Same Middle School. Photo published with permission from its owner

Dave Peters of the Parks Department, who had been mowing a field at Saxe on Monday afternoon, stopped his mower and contacted police for assistance in freeing the struggling bird, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section.

“We were able to cut it free, but I knew I couldn’t release it because it had opened wounds which would attract flies then produce maggots,” Halm told 

The goose now is recuperating at South Wilton Veterinary Group and will be released once healed, she said.

The Oct. 1 rescue follows an incident about one month ago at Kiwanis Park where an area mom of two young kids rescued an injured Canada goose under attack by red-tailed hawks. (That bird is still struggling with a bone infection, though veterinarians are optimistic, Halm said.)

Two Thanksgivings ago, police freed a distressed deer that had become entangled in a soccer net on a family’s front lawn on Fable Farm Road.

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