Jul 27, 2014
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Hamster Comes Back From the Dead, Hawk Breaks into School

Animal reports from in and around Stamford.

Hamster Comes Back From the Dead, Hawk Breaks into School


A Teddy Bear hamster was found in its cage, left on the sidewalk near a school bus stop at Bradley Place this past week, Hollywood said.

Hollywood said the creature was so cold, they initially thought it was dead, but they brought it to High Ridge Animal Hospital where it was placed on a heating pad and suddenly it sprang up.

The office determined it was a 3-year-old male and have already found the animal a home.

Hollywood was fairly certain the animal was NOT a zombie arriving just in time for Halloween.


In keeping with last week's trend of animals trying to go to school, a hawk broke into one in an attempt to set up shop and get an education before it was removed by Stamford Animal Care & Control officers, shelter director Laurie Hollywood said.

The hawk broke into Rippowam Middle School at 411 High Ridge Road and caused a ruckus. Officer Tilford Cobb went out and assisted the school in removing the feathery wannabe-student and released it into the wild.


A resident of Stamford who passed away this past week left the shelter with 17 cats for which the shelter has needed to scramble to find accommodations.

Currently, the shelter is paying room and board at the Rippowam Animal Hospital to have some of the cats housed there for the time being. All of the cats are fixed, but some are undergoing evaluations and each is having its shots updated. They are also being treated for fleas, ear mites and matted hair. Two of the cats needed dentals. 

Outreach to Pets In Need (OPIN) is funding the dentals and medical service. All donations to the shelter to help pay for the cats' room and board and OPIN to help pay for the medical services are greatly appreciated.

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