UPDATE: Dog found safe in Lowell.
It's a South End twofer. First, a South Ender reports the neighborhood's quaint Sunday tradition of parking in the middle of the street is "out of control," at least, on Warren Avenue, where he or she spotted somebody parking in a crosswalk:
But that's just once a week. Another fed-up citizen complains about the dog park in the Southwest Corridor Park by Carleton:
Please please please please put a huge "NO BARKING" banner in the Carleton st dog park. The park is surrounded by residential units but selfish and inconsiderate dog owners allow their dogs to bark constantly. It's so antisocial. We are woken as early as 6am by barking dogs and sometimes to as late as 1am. Please do something about this. It's driving me mad!
The Dorchester Reporter reports that Tyrone Perry, 44, is scheduled for arraignment tomorrow in Dorchester District Court on charges he ran a dog-fighting arena in his basement.
Perry turned himself in today, police say. Last month, acting on a tip, police raided the basement of his Mather Street home, where they say they found 11 maimed pit bulls, one dead pit bull and 4 malnourished rabbits, along with copious amounts of feces, urine and blood. The Suffolk County District Attorney's office says he will be arraigned on 12 counts of animal cruelty - one for each of the dogs.
Complaining to the Mayor's Hotline gets results. Roving UHub photographer Sean Connor forwarded this photo today of the excessively hot manhole covers on Harrison Avenue, a day after somebody complained one had burned his or her pet's paws.
A concerned citizen with a newly wounded pet reports on a manhole cover on the sidewalk on Harrison just outbound from E. Brookline:
Water and steam boiling out and cover is HOT. Burned dogs paws.
Rhea Becker was on scene for the yappy hour at the Liberty Hotel yesterday. She reports their owners snapped up hors d'oeuvres and sipped cocktails.
The MSPCA reports it's rescued 26 Cairn Terriers from a South Shore hoarder.
The dogs were "filthy, scared and in need of veterinary care," but are expected to recover - half of them are at Angell Memorial Hospital - and be put up for adoption.
The MSPCA did not name the hoarder or town.
Channel 4 reports somebody's stolen the little wheeled device a disabled dog uses to get around because his hind legs no longer work.
Jamaica Plain Patch reports on the dognapping.
The parents of a girl bitten by a brown Chihuahua in Cambridgeport last week are hoping the owner will come forward and let them know if she has to complete her painful rabies injections, Wicked Local Cambridge reports.
UPDATE: Harley was found, safe and sound.
Marlo Fogelman reports that she and her boyfriend put his two dogs in a South End kennel as they got ready to visit his dying father. But one of the dogs escaped:
She ran home to the Back Bay from the South End and came to our bldg and into the stairwell but someone let her out. She's been spotted on the Esplanade and, most recently (yesterday), in Southie. She is moving so even if you think you're too far away--maybe you're not. We have no idea where she's going to go next!
Harley is a 3.5 year old Australian Cattle Dog. She is about 50 lbs, black w/ brown markings under her neck and on her legs. She is not wearing a collar (escaped from it) but is chipped. She is up to date on all of her vaccinations. She is not coming when called....if you see her, try to lure her with food or literally, please, just pounce on her -- she will not bite (just nips a bit).
Channel 4 reports a woman burned out of her River Street home last month recently returned to the property to look for belongings - and promptly heard scratching noises being made by her pet, Lola the long-haired dachshund. Lola had somehow survived not only the two-alarm fire but being locked inside the remains of the building for a month.
The MSPCA reports on a truckload of puppies and adult dogs that bypassed legally required checks and quarantines to wind up crammed into cages in a Norfolk County home being used as a pet adoption center:
Of the infected dogs, four of the puppies were severely ill. The puppies would not react to stimuli and would collapse when they tried to stand, some unable to lift their heads. Due to the four puppies' increasingly poor health and continued suffering, the decision was made to humanely euthanize them.
The Boston Fire Department reports a pet owner's stroll along the Charles River in Brighton almost ended in tragedy when the ice his black Labrador was walking on broke away from shore and floated out into the river around 8 p.m.
Firefighters from Engine 29, Ladder 11 and Rescue 1 responded to a 911 call from near Community Rowing. A firefighter from Ladder 11 got into a survival suit, tethered himself to a safety rope and managed to get to the dog, by then about 45 feet from shore, and then bring the pet safely back, the department says.
The dog was put into a cruiser for heat and reunited with its owner.
Somerville animal control would like to have a word with you.
Scarred by endless battles with city officials (only the zoning board sided with her) and angry neighbors (complete with lawsuit), Fulton isn't saying yet where local dogs will go for massage therapy and poolside lounging, but adds:
Although we will still be within walking distance, is is likely that most people will drive simply because it isn't around the corner from people's homes. The NIMBYS want less traffic and yet prevent businesses from opening within walking distance.
Librarian on the Run narrowly misses a pile this morning, then notices somebody else wasn't so lucky, then counts five heaping piles between G and L streets:
I've lived here for almost 10 years now, and for all the Southie Pride talk people love to spout off, I continue to see examples that it's mostly a bunch of dog sh*t.
Rob Consalvo, who represents Hyde Park, will seek a change in state law that would let the city go after pit-bull owners who ignore the city's law requiring pit bulls to be muzzled outside.
Eastboston.com reports there's a meeting May 11 to talk about planning a dog park for the neighborhood - such as where it should go.