Sick Raccoon Put Down in New Canaan

Recent calls that have come into the New Canaan Police Department's animal control unit.


Police on March 9 put down a sick raccoon lying in the front yard of a Douglas Road home—an animal that may have been the same one spotted in the window well of a house on nearby Route 106 two days earlier.

The Douglas Road call came in at 8:20 a.m. and officers determined that the raccoon hadn’t had contact with any people or domestic animals before putting it down, according to Officer Mary Ann Kleinschmitt of the New Canaan Police Department’s animal control unit.

Calls had come into New Canaan police during the prior two days, she said. On March 7, after the window well call, a second resident reported seeing a sick-looking raccoon wandering during the day near a property four houses down, Kleinschmitt said.


Officers with the New Canaan Police Department had a busy day on March 3. Here’s a log of animal calls:

  • 12:17 p.m.—Police fined a dog owner $184 for having two dogs off-leash at Waveny.
  • 2:57 p.m.—A woman with a yellow Labrador retriever off-leash at Wavey was fined $92.
  • 3:16 p.m.—A Stamford dog owner using Spencer’s Run was issued a written warning because the animal didn’t have its license.
  • 9:02 p.m.—A call of a possible sick skunk on Nubel Lane prompted police to travel to the home. The skunk, which appeared to be falling down with the homeowner’s dog barking at it, had no contact with the domestic animal. The dog had its rabies vaccinations up-to-date and was licensed, police said. The skunk was not captured, police said.


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