Well-Intentioned Passerby Brings Fawn to Animal Control

A unknowing Good Samaritan brought what they thought was a lost baby deer to Stamford Animal Care & Control Center—but handling a fawn is one of the worst things to do for them.

Police on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, responded to a call at approximately 6:00 p.m. originating from 288 West Ave. for reports of a "weiner dog" biting a child in the area. 

The incident allegedly occurred right out front of a PetSmart. The dog, identified by Pet Smart employees as a dachshund named Pippa the store was familiar with, allegedly bit a 9-year-old boy on the thigh.

The boy was wearing a band-aid when police arrived. Doctors at PetSmart told police Pippa was up to date on all its shots.

Police contacted the Greenwich woman who owned the dog allegedly involved in the incident. She claimed to authorities that the incident never occurred and the complainant was making up stories in an attempt to file a lawsuit.

It was unclear how the complainant would go forward with the incident.


Laurie Hollywood, Director of the Stamford Animal Care & Control Center, said Friday 4 animals were getting homes for the weekend, and yet cage space was still at a critical level.

A black & white Staffordshire Terrier named Duke, a Bichon Cockapoo, a black & white terrier named Lulu and a black & white kitten named Spirit, whose femur was fractured.

Outreach to Pets In Need will be covering the costs of an operation for Spirit, whom Hollywood said should lead a fully active life in 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery. 

All donations are appreciated. Those interested can direct their donations to www.opinpets.org.


The police department turned over an Australian Terrier they recovered running around in the area of Washington Blvd.

The dog will become available for adoption this week if the owners do not come forward to claim the dog.

The shelter has not given the dog a temporary name yet, but his picture is included with this article.


A passerby who spotted a baby deer laying in the open near Newfield Ave. picked it up and brought it to the animal shelter.

Hollywood asks anyone who might spot an unattended fawn to simply leave the deer alone. Mothers will often leave fawns unattended for four hours or more while they go feed and drink on their own, and then return for the child.

Deers call and talk to each other even while they're separated.

Animal Control returned the deer to where it was found, rubbing it and the ground around it with a towel to try and mask the scent of human contact.


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