Newcomers eKit: Pets & Wildlife

Pet & Wildlife

Here’s some helpful scoop on furry friends – and foes!

Animal Control Officer

Chip Stahl — 203-662-5345


Considering installing a fence in your new yard? A permit from Planning & Zoning will not be necessary, as long as you follow some key guidelines: top-lined in this helpful FAQ’s.


  • Leash Laws
    • No Leash/Off-Leash All The Time: Stony Brook Park and the Diller property (a 5+/- acre Diller property located on Nutmeg Lane adjacent to the Darien High School)
    • Some Leash Restrictions: Cherry Lawn Park — with the exception of a small 1.7-acre space between the Darien Nature Center and Brookside Road, dogs at Cherry Lawn must be on leashes throughout the park at all times between June 1 and Aug. 31. Dogs can be off leash throughout the park from Sept. 1 to May 30 between dawn and 10:30 a.m. weekdays, and dawn to 8:30 a.m. on weekends. At Tilley Pond Park, dogs are allowed to be off leash from dawn to 10:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays.
    • On-Leash All The Time: Selleck’s Woods, Woodland Park Nature Preserves, Holahan Field, McGuane Park and Baker Parke, dogs must be kept on leashes at all times.
    • Dogs Not Allowed: Dogs are not allowed at Weed Beach or Pear Tree Point Beach, unless medically necessary.
    • The fine for violating Darien’s leash law is $50.
  • Additional ordinances related to dogs/behavior when not on your private property: click here.
  • Registration – All dogs older than 6 months must be registered with the Town Hall. Licenses must be renewed annually by June 30th. You will need to present a current rabies certificate in addition to this form. For more information about licensing  click here.


All horses must live in stables or barns. For more complete information about setbacks, etc., call planning and zoning at 203-656-7351.

If you love all things horses, learn more about The Ox Ridge Hunt Club’s programs and services.


Should you come across a raccoon nesting in your chimney, a skunk sleeping in your garage, an injured bird in the backyard or other wildlife in need of rescue or rehabilitation, you can call Wildlife in Crisis (203-544-9913) in Weston, CT. If you’re spooked by skunk, foxes or raccoons in your yard, check out their handy FAQs.

Emergency/24-7 Veterinarians

If your pet has eaten something poisonous and you can’t reach your own veterinarian right away, you can call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline at 888-426-4435. It is staffed 24 hours, and there is a consultation charge.

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