Sick Raccoon Put Down in New Canaan

Also: Police received two more reports of coyote sightings, and sent a dead baby bunny to Hartford for rabies testing.



  • —Patch Local Voices blogger writes about a proposed state law, HB 5409. According to Hofer, the law clarifies that a consumer can be reimbursed up to $500 for veterinary bills after they unknowingly purchase a sick puppy from a puppy store—and still keep their puppy. Read more by clicking on the link for the blog.
  • —Local business owner of gives us a great overview of the dog food recall following reports of salmonella poisoning, including information on foods her own business carries, and options for owners.



May 2

  • 8:29 a.m., 39 Weed St.—A roaming dog was reported to . The dog had a New Canaan tag on showing that it was registered with the , and was returned to its owner.
  • 9:18 a.m., 848 Weed St.—Police responded to a report of a roaming dog that didn’t have any tags on it, meaning the animal was impounded. The owner was contacted, and retrieved the dog the following day.

May 4

  • 10:50 a.m., Old Kings Highway & New Norwalk Road—A roaming dog was reported to police. It had its registration tags on, and was returned to its owner.

May 5

  • 1:06 p.m., dog park at Waveny—A written warning was issued to a New Canaan resident for using Spencer’s Run without a current license for the dog.

May 6

  • 1:04 p.m., 297 Park St.—A sick raccoon was euthanized by police.
  • 3:20 p.m., Oak Street & South Avenue—A roaming dog was secured on Main Street. The dog had no tags on it, so police impounded the animal. The owner was notified and the dog was picked up by its owner the next day.

May 7

  • 12:39 a.m., 1484 Oenoke Ridge Road—A deceased baby bunny was sent to Hartford for rabies testing after a dog was found with the animal in its mouth.


New Canaan Patch in its free daily newsletter each Wednesday features complete with an updated coyote sighting map, lost dogs and cats report, deer vs. motor vehicle information and details on animal and rabies calls in town.



Click on the interactive map to get more details about each individual coyote sighting.

Sightings reported to Patch since the last Animal Reports ran include:

  • May 4: Coyote sighted on Canoe Hill Road
  • May 5: Coyote sighted at 140 Bayberry Road



Dachshund mix sisters Ziggy and Twiggy are up for adoption from New Canaan-based , and so are several lovable cats. Here’s the write-up on Ziggy and Twiggy on the nonprofit organization’s website:

“These sweet little sisters are only 5 months old. Rescued from a kill pound just in the nick of time, these two adorable pups are grateful and ready for loving homes of their own. Ziggy is 8 lbs and Twiggy is 7lbs. Both love to cuddle, play, are good with people and cats. For more information, please contact Strays & Others at 203-966-6556 or write to us at straysandothers@hotmail.com . Please, NO LONG DISTANCE ADOPTIONS!...We are in the Stamford/Norwalk area of CT.”



Police received no reports of deer vs. motor vehicle collisions in the past week. This chart is up-to-date:

Vehicle Accident Address Result for deer 4-Jan 614 Silvermine Road DOA 17-Jan 507 Country Club Road Put down 13-Feb Smith Ridge Road Put down 2-Mar 615 West Road DOA 13-Mar Lost District Drive Ran away 23-Mar 279 West Road DOA 16-Apr 979 South Ave. DOA 17-Apr 1052 Oenoke Ridge Road Ran away 17-Apr 1279 Smith Ridge Road DOA 24-Apr 296 Frogtown Road DOA

Do you have a missing dog or lost pet? Do you have a great photo of your dog that you want us to include in next week's Animal Reports? Just shoot me an email at michaeld@patch.com.

Des May 09, 2012 at 05:34 PM
New Canaan Patch readers have asked for some follow-up information on the Waveny jogger/dog bite incident reported in last week's "Animal Reports" (http://patch.com/A-sTpg). The following information is from the NCPD Animal Control unit: A Stamford woman saying she was fostering a pit bull called police at about 3 p.m. on April 24, saying it bit a jogger at Waveny. Her call was returned and police placed the dog in quarantine at a vet hospital in Stamford. The dog was leashed and rabies vaccinations are current so no laws were broken. When the victim was sent to view the dog, he said that the brown dog in quarantine was not the dog that bit him. Both parties made statements. The owner/keeper stated that the brown dog bit the jogger and the victim stated the dog that bit him was white with a white head and brown under the chin. A state Animal Control Officer accompanied New Canaan Animal Control to the residence of the owner/keeper and took pictures of the 3 pit bull mixes found on the property. The victim viewed the pictures and he could not ID any of the dogs shown him. The pit bull in quarantine has since been released. Due to the fact a dog could not be quarantined, the victim started rabies shots. Officially the end of quarantine was May 8 and the case closed, though police have a full year to find the dog in question. The state issued the owner/keeper an infraction for not having a licensed dog (it was her personal dog ) and unlicensed in Stamford.
Des May 09, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Updates from New Canaan Police Animal Control Officer Mary Ann Kleinschmitt: * Rabies testing on the bunny sent to the state lab came back negative * A dog reported to be roaming May 8 near Saxe Middle School could not be located when officers arrived * An injured raccoon struck May 8 by a car on Valley Road May 8 has been euthanized * A third-grader in New Canaan interviewed members of the NCPD Animal Control unit for a student project
mary parker May 11, 2012 at 06:33 AM
The wanted Bichon on Cherry Street. I saw a lady walking a Bichon look a like on Cherry Street in front of Walgreens on Tuesday night along with another dog. Wondering if the culprit was caught yet?
Michael Dinan May 11, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I'll check up on that for next week's "Animal Reports," Mary, thanks.


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