Pilotblock captured the scene outside a South End Starbucks this afternoon.
A fed-up citizen complains:
Millennium Park is NOT a dog park! I am sick and tired of being chased and nearly attacked by off-leash dogs. My son was just chased and knocked to the ground by an off-leash dog.
A disgusted citizen complains about the demonspawn hellhounds once again infesting Blackstone Park in the South End:
"You shouldn't wear white pants when you walk across Blackstone Park," said the uncommonly nutty owner of the unleashed dog that just wiped its filthy snout on me. Leash law? Public park? Anybody?
Hell hath no fury like a Jamaica Plain resident who is really put out by poop. Neal Simpson spotted this epic work posted on a fence on Williams Street, a few doors down from Doyle's.
Just think: This person was so annoyed he or she went home (or just inside) fuming, pounded this out on the keyboard, printed it out and went back out with some tape to alert the miscreant, who no doubt will read it, feel incredibly guilty and pledge to carry a Globe Direct bag for poop forever more.
A concerned citizen complains about one of the many multi-colored displays of dog poop now popping up all over the South End, but in this case specifically on Clarendon Street:
The big belly trashcan appears to be broken. Also, people are disgusting.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that the owners of a German Shepherd have to pay the $8,000 veterinary bill incurred by the owners of the tiny bichon frise their pet ripped up in Newton in 2008.
The large-breed owners argued that state law should have limited their liability to the "replacement cost" of the smaller dog, which they said was far less than $8,000.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that police don't need a warrant to try to save animals in danger of immediate death.
The decision comes in the case of a Lynn woman charged with three counts of animal cruelty when police, responding to a call from her neighbor, found three dogs on her lawn - two dead, one nearly so - and went into her yard to recover the animals without first obtaining a warrant.
The state's highest court said this fell under an exemption to the Fourth Amendment and the similar Article 14 of the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights that allows warrantless searches and seizures to save a life:
Oh, for the good old days when it was just North End parents battling it out with dog owners letting their hounds run free over the asphalt of the Gassy park. Now, NorthEndWaterfront.com reports, it's dog owners vs. dog owners in a battle to the death, or something, over their right to unleash their pets in a park clearly marked "No dogs allowed" - complete with photo by one owner of another guy's dogs looking like they're going right for his jugular.
North End Deals reports:
A dog owner just told me he noticed blue rat poison at small park on Charter St., North End, Boston. WTF. As a dog owner I am BS!!
Emily Fraser reports:
My co-worker's dog ate blue rat poison at that park Friday and, thank God, survived.
Valerie Collanton adds the same thing happened at the park last year.
Starting today, Boston residents can get or renew a dog license onlline.
Along with your credit-card number and basic info, you'll also need to upload photos of proof your pet is up to date with rabies vaccination and that he or she has been neutered.
People who prefer getting their licenses the old fashioned way can still go down to City Hall or the city pound in Roslindale.
The Milton owner of an 8-year-old parakeet rushed the "bloodied, barely conscious" bird to Angell Animal Medical Center last month after she turned on a shop vac - not realizing the budgie had crawled into the device moments before. In a statement, Angell says veterinarians first stabilized Marie Margarone's Birdie, then got the pet into surgery:
So where does a massive bulldog sit on the Orange Line? Anywhere he wants.
Wellesley Police report a doggie-day-car van crashed into a utility pole yesterday and seven canines bolted for freedom.
The Herald reports on this morning's rescue off Castle Island.
The MSPCA in Jamaica Plain has this giant cat up for adoption.