NEW CANAAN — Coyote hazing helped prevent the attack of a dog at a Ponus Ridge Road home.

Around 8:30 a.m. March 23, a New Canaan resident was watching from the deck while their 40-pound goldendoodle was outside when a coyote came into the yard and started to attack the pet. The resident broke up the fight, scaring the coyote away by banging pots and pans.

New Canaan Animal Control Officer Allyson Halm said she was impressed by the diligence of the family.

“It’s part of [coyote] hazing,” she said. “I was very impressed and pleased by how well prepared they were.”

The family, whose property faces the woods and is subject to visits from coyotes, is on the waiting list for a hazing kit from the Animal Control Department.

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Coyote hazing kits, which contain an air horn, bear bell, whistle, reflective tape and a “throw can” to scare off coyotes. Animal control started distributing these kits to residents in February. For more information, call New Canaan Animal Control at 203-594-3510.

Halm said animal control would be following up and checking on the dog, but the animal appeared to have no injuries from the encounter.

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