By - 10/20/16 - 9:44 pm

WCVB reports the managers of an apartment building on A Street in Fort Point require tenants to have their dogs' DNA tested - so if maintenance workers find dog shit, they can test it and, if it matches a tenant's pet, they can be billed for the cleanup.

If only the building didn't have such a frickin' pretentious name: 315 on A. Because plain old 315 A St. just wasn't la-di-da enough.

By - 10/20/16 - 9:17 am

The Bulletin reports on the efforts of the Dog Park Association of Southwest Boston to convince the state to turn the long shuttered Thompson Center in Hyde Park into a dog park. In addition to general state inertia, the group also has to contend with advocates for children - who say the center should be restored to its original use as a park for kids with disabilities - and senior citizens.

By - 10/19/16 - 4:57 pm

The Dorchester Reporter alerts us to an outbreak of feline distemper along Walk Hill Street - and a vaccination effort to combat it.

By - 9/29/16 - 2:27 pm

The Arnold Arboretum reports the guy who let his dog loose to attack two weed-eating goats the other day at least got a fine, but now is asking other people fed up with random wildlife being ripped up by dogs to help catch irresponsible pet owners: Read more.

By - 9/26/16 - 11:57 am

Transit Police report arresting a man they had a threatening pit bull on a bus Wonderland and then began swinging the dog at cops as they tried to escort him out of the station.

Read more.

By - 9/24/16 - 11:43 am
Missing tortoise in Hyde Park

There are signs up along West Street in Hyde Park about a missing tortoise.

Update: His name is Pedro.

By - 9/23/16 - 1:12 pm

Steph gives us our first look at South Street's newest insurance cat. You may recall the previous insurance cat, Ivy, died last month.

By - 9/22/16 - 1:06 pm

Boston Magazine reports the shih-tzu lost a leg and about 40% of its blood after being hit between Roslindale Village and Forest Hills last Thursday, but is now recovering nicely as the MSPCA puts her up for adoption.

By - 9/19/16 - 5:25 pm
Two dogs found in the Arboretum

Boston Animal Control reports:

We need your help! These two sweet girls were abandoned tied to a tree at the Arnold Arboretum on Saturday (9/17/16). If you recognize these dogs or saw anything, please let us know. 617 635 5348.

By - 9/8/16 - 9:43 pm

The Globe reports the Animal Rescue League is trying to figure it out. One cat is also dead.

By - 8/31/16 - 2:50 pm

The MSPCA says it's closed its South Huntington Avenue dog park again, this time to protect a mother rabbit and some new baby buns currently nesting there:

We anticipate re-opening the park in two to three weeks after the babies have been weaned and are able to move on. We ask for patience as we prioritize the safety of #wildlife who share this space with the community. We can all live skillfully (and enjoyably!) alongside wild life such as these rabbits.

Via Jamaica Plain News.

By - 8/24/16 - 8:01 pm

Jamaica Plain News reports the death of Ivy of Ivy Insurance on South Street.

Shamus Moynihan shows us the chalk remembrance for Insurance Cat.

By - 8/24/16 - 10:55 am

Jamaica Plain News reports the MSPCA has re-opened its South Huntington Avenue dog park - but is now banning professional dog walkers following an incident in which one dog mauled another.

By - 8/22/16 - 12:50 pm
Mayfield the Cockatoo

The Animal Rescue League of Boston reports it's looking for clues to the previous owners of this cockatoo, found in a cage filled with maggots and cockroaches in somebody's trash on Norfolk Street in Dorchester last month. Read more.

By - 8/22/16 - 11:00 am

MSPCA-Angell has temporarily closed its dog park on South Huntington Avenue: Read more.

By - 8/18/16 - 10:53 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the one-year jail sentence a Quincy man got after his conviction for animal cruelty in an incident involving his girlfriend's annoying little dog. Read more.

By - 8/5/16 - 1:21 pm

City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury), says he understands the need to keep dogs from running loose in the tiny Beecher Street Park. But O'Malley says the dog owners of JP need a place where their pets can legally roam free and socialize.

In a letter today to Leo Roy, commissioner of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, O'Malley says the Southwest Corridor Park through Jamaica Plain has more than enough land to spare some for a dog park. Read more.

By - 8/5/16 - 11:32 am

Jamaica Plain News reports the city Parks Department says dogs running loose in the Beecher Street Park is just not a good idea.

By - 7/21/16 - 6:14 pm
Albino parakeet missing in West Roxbury

Buster, a small, albino parakeet flew the coop yesterday on Rockland Street in West Roxbury. His wings aren't clipped, so he can fly away if startled - but he also likes to perch on people's heads, so if a small white bird lands on your head, let Mike know. There's a $100 reward for his return.

By - 7/14/16 - 11:45 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the animal-cruelty conviction for a man who shot a dog that kept showing up on his property in an attempt to "sting" her and make her stay away. Read more.