Sheep Escapes from New Canaan, Makes for Stamford

New Canaan police say they fear the animal—followed late Thursday morning just over the Stamford line near Davenport Ridge Road—may be hit by a car if it’s not found soon, or else devoured by coyotes.


A sheep that escaped some time before dawn Thursday from its Weed Street home is at large in north Stamford, according to the head of the New Canaan Police Department’s animal control unit.

Last spotted late Thursday morning on the Philip Johnson Glass House property, the sheep apparently busted out of its crate in a garage on Weed Street and was discovered sleeping on the doorstep at 308 Ponus Ridge shortly after 7:30 a.m.

According to New Canaan Animal Control Officer Mary Ann Kleinschmitt, the sheep’s owner arrived but was unable to secure the animal, which ran off.

“You don’t really secure sheep like you do a dog. You have to do, what we call ‘jump’ them,” Kleinschmitt said.

Photos of the animal are not immediately available. Asked for a description, Kleinschmitt said, “It was a white, your typical shearing white sheep. It just looked like a white sheep, about 55, 60 pounds.”

“It looks like it was pretty dirty when I saw it,” she added. “I mean, it’s been out all night.”

The sheep appeared to head back off of Davenport and into the area of Quarry Road in Stamford, near a reservoir (see map at right), Kleinschmitt said. Stamford police and Aquarion are being notified that the at-large sheep ran into their properties, she said.

The area is known for having coyotes, and Kleinschmitt said she hopes the sheep is found soon for that reason.

“My hope is he will come back to area of the Glass House because that area [near the reservoir) has so many coyotes in it that if he doesn’t get back to the houses, the coyotes will take him out tonight,” she said.

Sheep that had been corralled at the farm on the corner of Smith Ridge and Puddin Hill Roads in New Canaan—now the Grace Farms Church property—sometimes used to get out, but it was easy enough to “scoot them back down into their corral,” Kleinschmitt said.

This is a different situation. The sheep’s Weed Street owner had just purchased the animal yesterday and it was in the garage in a crate, which it kicked out, so that when the owner opened the garage door, it ran off.

“This is their behavior,” Kleinschmitt said. “They’re very hyper. If it was his animal that he had owned for a few years, it would be more situated, more happy to see people. It would not be so spooked.”

Though the Weed Street property where the sheep had newly landed is not strictly speaking a farm, Kleinschmitt said, a resident with enough property can keep farm animals such as sheep. Other farm animals do live on New Canaan property, she said—there’s a cow on Oenoke Ridge, ponies on Smith Ridge and of course there’s a miniature donkey on North Wilton Road.

“We do have these animals around. Don’t forget, this was originally farm country,” Kleinschmitt said. “New Canaan was farmland.”

sandor March 28, 2013 at 08:30 PM
I know someone with an Australian Cattle Dog - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Cattle_Dog - that tried to herd everyone and everything! Perhaps someone with a trained herding dog can help get the sheep into a pen or secure area once it's found again.
Michael Dinan (Editor) March 28, 2013 at 08:49 PM
I'm afraid there are no updates at this time. We did add two photos of the areas in New Canaan and Stamford where the sheep was spotted this morning and believed to be roaming. I drove through that area too, and I'll say that there are some long straight residential roads where motorists were zipping along at a pretty good clip, so it really is a bad place for a lost animal to roam, even without the coyotes.
Glen K Dunbar March 28, 2013 at 10:25 PM
hi all. Good Evening. Well, all I can say is that I hope that our Police here in New Canaan and the Stamford Police will lock horns together on this one to help find and save this Sheep before harm befalls it. So sad when one hears a story like this Mikey: See if you can call the Police to find out what they know. I would call but I am not too popular/well liked over there I don't think Happy Easter all
Michael Dinan (Editor) March 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Will do buddy. Thanks for jumping in here.
Baffled Resident March 29, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Is it still on the lam?
Charlene March 29, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Ewe are too funny!
Michael Dinan (Editor) March 29, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Quick update here on our rogue sheep. Spoke to Officer Tilford Cobb of the Stamford Police Department's animal control unit. The sheep survived the night and was spotted Friday morning hanging around 79 Cascade Court (added to locator map at right). SPD plans to head out again this afternoon to try and secure the animal. -Mike
Lisa Buchman (Editor) March 29, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Charlene, wish I could click "like" on that comment!
mary parker March 30, 2013 at 04:48 AM
Hi Glen, just so you know that when you said you hope the sheep is caught so it will be saved, if it is caught, it is doomed. The owner baught the sheep so it would be slaughtered for Easter dinner. So I say, run sheep run! Or maybe if it is caught in Stamford it won't be expedited to New Canaan to face having it's throat slit. I think it should be taken to a farm to live out it's life.
mary parker March 30, 2013 at 05:04 AM
Does the owner of the sheep get issued a ticket for allowing a sheep to roam? LOL Or a ticket for having a sheep off leash? Heck we should all pitch in and if the sheep is caught, buy it from the owner and put it on a farm. It deserves to live after this ordeal. I'll pitch in to buy it. They should just go to the store and buy a Ham like most people have for Easter.
mary parker March 30, 2013 at 06:18 AM
Lets sign a petition to save the sheeps life like everyone signed to save the teachers job at Saxe Junior High School.
mary parker March 30, 2013 at 06:23 AM
Do you think Jesus would want this sheep killed for Jesus's sake? To celibrate Jesus's resurrection? Jesus would have pitty on the sheep and protect it from harm.
John March 30, 2013 at 02:01 PM
New Canaan: where the men are rich and handsome, the women are thin and beautiful and the sheep are very, very scared.
Andrea Sandor March 30, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Mary - I don't want to alarm you but there is an increase in sacrificial killings of animals for all sort of occult stuff which has escalated recently. Look at all the shows on TV dealing with the occult now. I often cringe when I see missing pet (dog & cat) posters. Animal adoption centers have been fighting this - especially by Santeria cults etc for decades. Recent example: "Missing dogs, ritualistic killing confound Idaho officials" March 21, 2013 http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/usa-dogs-idaho-ritualistic-killing-idINDEE92K05S20130321 Why doesn't NC animal control investigate these owners - to see if it's a ritual killing? Is this illegal nder animal cruelty laws? Do you know? I bet they found the animal and are not saying anything - so people won't petition their house - are we allowed to find out who they are? More information: 200,000 animals sacrifice Nepal: http://ens-newswire.com/2013/01/12/sacrifice-of-200000-animals-proceeds-despite-pleas-prayers-2/ Santeria: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2011-02-03/news/animal-rights-commando-goes-after-santeria-sacrifices/full/
Peggy March 30, 2013 at 04:20 PM
I read the Patch often and I have to say it is getting to the point that I do not want to read it anymore. Mary Parker----you are a total nut case and I know you have been in trouble with your dog before and honestly your comments do not belong here or anywhere for that matter. I am also surprised that some of you are making fun of Glen-------SHAME ON YOU--------
happy girl March 30, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Of course the lamb was going to be sacrificed! Isn't that what you're supposed to do for Easter? I won't be killing my own pig, but I'll be having ham on Easter.
happy girl March 30, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Who's making fun of Glen? Charlene's comment was funny, cause Glen is always complaining about New Canaan and how he wishes he could get out of here! SHAME ON YOU for judging people and spreading gossip
Peggy March 30, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Doesn't look like your such a happy girl. Excuse me, but stating facts isn't gossip.
happy girl March 30, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Yeah, whatever Peggy. Have a happy easter
Two Guys and a Truck March 30, 2013 at 07:56 PM
How is the move going Peggy? Need some help? Peggy 6:32 am on Sunday, June 26, 2011 You will be seeing a mass exodus from the state of CT. I saw what Malloy did to the city of Stamford,so he never received my vote. I have already spoken to people who are planning to leave the state, businesses are shutting down because they can't afford to stay here and other businesses that wanted to come to this state have changed their minds. What was he thinking when he raised the highest taxes in the history of this state. Just a note----We are planning on moving.
Peggy March 30, 2013 at 09:48 PM
And a Happy Easter to you also happy girl.
Dave March 31, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Andrea Sandor March 31, 2013 at 02:58 PM
"Pope urges help for "lost sheep" USA Today headline March 29-31 2013 Ironic that this could be a religious metaphor.
mary parker April 01, 2013 at 10:27 AM
Peggy: yes my daughters dog roamed onto my neighbors property, chafing there dog of my property and her dog bit her. So know the truth before judging someone. I know for a fact the sheep was bought to slaughter for Easter dinner. My dog is a great dog, just wanted to play with their dog and got blamed for a bite. So don't judge my dog unless u have met my dog. Then judge him
Michael Dinan (Editor) April 01, 2013 at 10:33 AM
I'll try to get an update from Stamford and NC police today, and I'll ask if they know whether the sheep's owner intended to slaughter it—it may not be something they can confirm.
Charlene April 01, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Is slaughtering a sheep to eat not allowed in New Canaan?
Diane Master April 01, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Count me in for saving the sheep. It deserves a reprieve!
Michael Dinan (Editor) April 01, 2013 at 06:50 PM
New Canaan police have confirmed that the sheep was found and secured Saturday in Stamford and returned that day to its owner in New Canaan. What happened then I cannot say. Dropped by the owner's house this afternoon and it appeared no one was home. -Mike
Baffled Resident April 01, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Perhaps they were taking a little nap? Counting sheep after having leftovers from yesterday's delicious Easter meal.
Michael Dinan (Editor) April 02, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Just posted this -- http://patch.com/A-3sCD ... The Stamford man who found and secured the sheep on Saturday discovered that it was to be slaughtered and eaten for Easter Sunday dinner. He offered to buy it was not successful.


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