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Fairfield Police Charge New Canaan Woman Who Had Remains of Dogs in Crates in Her Apartment

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Two months after finding the remains of dogs in crates inside the Fairfield home where she had been living, Fairfield police on Tuesday arrested a 31-year-old New Canaan woman by warrant and charged her with five counts of animal cruelty. Heidi Lueders, now of Marshall Ridge Road in New Canaan, also was charged with first-degree criminal damage to a landlord’s property by a tenant, Fairfield police announced on Wednesday. — This article previously was published by NewCanaanite.com. Bully Breed Rescue, the organization Lueders headed, has had adoption events in Darien in the past. Police launched an investigation on Nov.

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Darien Pollinator Pathway Event with Wine, Cheese, Classes on Native Seeds and Floral Design

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Mark your calendars! The Darien Pollinator Pathway will be hosting a wine and cheese evening at the Gardener’s Center and Florist on Jan, 23. The event is free and open to everyone. It will feature two classes by the Gardener’s Center: a native seed planting class presented by Kris Barker, and a class in floral design using native flowers presented by Kate O’Keefe. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first class starts at 6.30 p.m. There will also be a raffle, with prizes including a magnificent bottle of wine donated by Sipstirs and a landscaping consultation with Kate O’Keefe.

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Darien Police K-9 Team — Argo and Handler, Officer Hinkley — Now Certified to Catch Fleeing Suspects

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Criminals beware: Argo, one of two Darien Police Department canines, already trained and certified both to sniff out narcotics and track suspects, now has a new crime-fighting skill. Now the dog and his handler, K-9 Officer Amanda Hinkley, have been certified in “apprehension work” as well, Police Chief Ray Osborne recently told the Police Commission. “And when you say ‘apprehension work’ you mean going after the, ah —” Commission Chairman J. Paul Johnson began to ask. “That means he can tackle the bad guy,” Osborne said. Osborne explained that Argo was young when he became a police K-9 in the department (back in 2016), “so we needed to put a little bit of experience and get a little age on him before we were comfortable certifying him in apprehension work, as well.”

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Darien Organizations Get Together to Create a ‘Pollinator Pathway’ to Protect Animals that Spread Pollen

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A collaboration of Darien residents and groups in town have joined a movement in other places to create a “Pollinator Pathway” through town to protect and encourage bees and other pollinators from the many threats they face. “It is well-documented that our pollinator population faces many threats,” says a news release from the group. Those threats include climate change and the use of pesticides as well as loss and fragmentation of natural habitat from development, particularly in the Northeast. The collaborators include Darien residents from various groups in town, starting with the Darien Nature Center, the Garden Club of Darien, the Gardener’s Center and Florist and Darien Library. The entire town is considered to be in Darien’s pathway, which allows it to “link” easily with the pathways starting up in Norwalk, Stamford and New Canaan as well as Weston, Wilton and Ridgefield.

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Greenwich Holiday Stroll Perambulates This Weekend, Dec 1 and 2

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This weekend’s Greenwich Holiday Stroll will feature a live nativity scene, horse drawn carriage rides, professional ice sculpture demos, music and entertainment, children’s activities and a food truck village. Now in its 10th year, Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 from 12 to 5 p.m.

Participating retailers and activities and the non-profit organizations can be found on an interactive map accessed online at www.GreenwichReindeerFestival.com and by mobile devices. Parking is free on Sundays.

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Arrest Warrant Issued for President of Animal Rescue Group in Connection With Deaths of Five Dogs

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Fairfield Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Heidi Lueders, 31, the president of a New Canaan dog rescue organization, two weeks after the remains of five dogs in cages were found in her Fairfield apartment, police announced Thursday afternoon. Lueders, president of Bully Breed Rescue, which focuses on rescuing mostly pit bull dogs, is charged with five counts of animal cruelty and one count of first-degree criminal damage to landlord’s property. Her bond was set at $50,000 by a judge in state Superior Court in Bridgeport. “The Fairfield Police Detective Bureau is currently coordinating the terms of her surrender,” the town police department said in the announcement. The announcement also said:

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Your Kids Can See Live Reindeer at Greenwich Reindeer Festival, Starting Nov 23

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Each year, children, families and visitors of all ages from Greenwich and beyond have enjoyed the holiday enchantment of live reindeer and Santa in his festive sleigh at the annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village. — an announcement from Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses
This year, as this special event reaches an important milestone, its 10-year anniversary, the live reindeer — Dasher, Dancer and Prancer — will be back again to join Santa, Nov. 23 to Dec. 24, 2018, for the 10th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village at the “North Pole on North Street,” Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, minutes from downtown Greenwich. The cherished town tradition lives on at this expansive nursery where visitors can have their photo taken with Santa, meet the reindeer, ride on the Winter Wonderland Carousel and the North Pole Express Train and enjoy the new Santa’s Village.

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New Canaan Dog Rescue Group: Animal Cruelty Investigation Focuses on Our President

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Fairfield police are investigating the deaths of several dogs that appeared to have died in crates inside a home at 37 Prince St. in Fairfield, and the vice president of an area dog rescue group says its president was in charge of those dogs and lived at that address. Believed to have been sent to either a sanctuary or foster home, the remains of the five dogs were found in the care of Heidi Lueders, president of New Canaan-based Bully Breed Rescue Inc., according to a post on the organization’s website by Vice President Chris Antolini. — This article previously was published by NewCanaanite.com. Alerted to an investigation at the familiar street address, members and volunteers with Bully Breed “all immediately began cooperating with local police and detectives,” Antolini said.


Police: Man Reports Dog’s Bite, Dog’s Poop, Sharp Words With Woman Holding the Leash

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A man leaving his store on the 300 block of the Post Road saw a small dog defecate on the property last Tuesday afternoon, and that developed into a dispute with the woman walking the dog, which led to one of her two small dogs biting the man, he told police. Darien police gave this further account of the incident, including accusations not proven in court:

The man reported the incident to the Darien Police animal control officer at 2:12 p.m. He said the dog was 25 feet into his property when it defecated. He immediately approached the woman walking the dogs and told her to clean the mess. She refused. The two argued.

Search for Lost Dog Takes Bizarre Twist: Organization That Owns Her Says ‘Foster Mother’ Has Custody of Canine

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Seldom, and just possibly never, has a fairly typical search for a lost dog taken such a bizarre twist: The owner, nonprofit Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue Inc. says the “foster mother” who took in Lambsy seems to have the dog in her possession, but hasn’t paid for the pet. In a social media post late on Friday afternoon, the New York state-based nonprofit said the canine had been brought into “a 24-hour vet[erinarian] clinic in Cheshire, Conneciticut at 5 a.m. this morning by her foster [owner].” The dog was “heavily tick infested.” [Darienite.com is not going to name the Darien woman that Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue Inc. says still has the dog and hasn’t been in touch with them. Since many posters have been put up around town for the dog, and we’ve found quite an interest among our readers, we wanted to provide this update.]

The organization says the “foster mother” in Darien
“took this dog home on a foster-to-adopt basis but lost her within three days.

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Lost Dog, Tilley Pond Park Area — Have You Seen Lambsy?

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Lambsy, a 30-pound, short, beige/buff-colored dog, was lost near Tilley Pond Park in Downtown Darien a week ago, according to Abandoned Angels & Cocker Spaniel Rescue. The organization brought her to the U.S. only two days before her “foster mom” lost her in Darien. The dog is from Cyprus, where she’s used to warmer weather, so she’s been exposed to unaccustomed cold (unless somebody let her in). If you have any information about her, you’re urged to call 347-580-0488. Lambsy “is undoubtedly terrified, cold, and hungry,” and she’s “also likely in need of medical care,” according to Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue., which is helping to try to find her.

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Kids, Meet Darien Police K-9s Kenny and Argo on Thursday at Darien Library (Registration Required)

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Kids between ages 8 and 12, get your parents to register you for this event this coming Thursday at Darien Library: 

Have you ever wondered how K-9 dogs help police officers? See a demonstration from Kenny and Argo and their police handlers at Darien Police Department to find out more about these amazing dogs and what they do in Darien! Check out their continuing adventures at their own Instagram accounts. Argo is darienpd_k9argoand Kenny is k9_kenny. This event is for kids ages 8 to 12.

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Your Dog License Renewal Was Due in June — Fines Start in November

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Beginning Nov. 1, 2018 citations will be issued to any dog owners found delinquent of renewing or obtaining a dog license. — an announcement from Darien police

Dog licensing is due every June 1 to 30. Licenses can ONLY  be obtained or renewed through the Town Clerk’s Office at Darien Town Hall. Renewals can be completed annually through the mail during the month of June. A current rabies certificate also is needed to obtain the license.

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AAA: The Time You’re Most Likely to Hit a Deer Is NOW Thru December: Here’s How to Avoid It

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The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) estimates there were more than 4,000 deer strikes in Connecticut last year, most of which went unreported. In fact, October, November and December – deer mating season — are the peak months for crashes in the Nutmeg State, according to a AAA Northeast crash data analysis, with more than three-quarters of the crashes occurring between outside daylight hours. Deer crashes are most prevalent weekdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., during the evening rush. — an announcement from AAA Northeast, this region’s affiliate of the American Automobile Association

“Drivers need to be especially vigilant at dusk,” says Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast’s spokeswoman. “Deer present dangers to you, to your vehicle, and to themselves so it behooves everyone to be prepared since such crashes can be costly, even deadly.”

According to the UCONN Crash Data repository, deer strikes contributed to fatal crashes in each of the past two years.

Another New Canaan Cougar Seen — ‘Credible’ Report, Police Say

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A New Canaan woman on Monday saw a mountain lion while walking her dog in the northern part of the town, and New Canaan Police are classifying her report as a credible cougar sighting, the third in 2018. Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section, called for residents in the area of Briscoe and North Wilton Roads to check surveillance videos for images of the animal. — This article originally was published by NewCanaanite.com. “We have had enough sightings that we believe are credible and people just need to always be alert,” Halm said. “We do live in the woods.