It’s been a busy week-plus for the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control Unit, as two dogs escaped from their home and attacked a miniature donkey, and a brown bat was captured at St. Mark’s Church (it tested negative for rabies).
Coyote sightings in town have dwindled in recent weeks. The last reported sighting came on Jan. 1, when five of the animals were seen running through a yard on West Road, according to Officer Mary Ann Kleinschmitt, head of animal control.
Two notable incidents at Waveny Park this week: Police ticketed one woman $368 ($92 per dog) for allowing her dogs to run off-leash in the park, and another woman who was jogging with a dog off-leash on the back trails was fined $92.
Here’s a quick rundown of recent animal calls:
- 11:10 a.m., Jan. 14, Bowery Road: A non-vaccinated cat bit her owner as the owner tried to put the animal into a carrier. Rabies tests for the cat came back negative. Though the animal could have been quarantined, it was quite ill and stayed with her owner.
- 7:34 p.m., Jan. 17, Oak and Main Streets: Police responded to a report of a roaming black Labrador retriever. The dog was tagged and returned to its owner.
- 10:12 a.m., Jan. 19, Maple Street: A stray dog was reported on a property here. The owner claimed the dog, which was tagged.
- 7:50 p.m., Jan. 20, Oak Street: Police received a report of a roaming yellow Labrador retriever. The owner was located and the dog, which was tagged, was returned home.