By - 7/20/15 - 8:50 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission today banned boating and fishing at Jamaica Pond and warned residents to stay away from the water, because of a massive bloom of blue-green algae. The commission says: Read more.

By - 7/18/15 - 8:11 pm
Stolen car and dog in Medford

UPDATE, Sunday, noon: Dog recovered safe by Lynn PD.

Clementine reports her car and her dog were stolen this morning in Medford. If you see the car, Mass. registration 395-YK1, contact police.

By - 6/29/15 - 7:51 pm
Missing snake in Brookline

Penelope, is that you?

Brookline Police ask:

Missing a snake? Found on Pond Av today, taken to Boston shelter. Believed to be someone's healthy pet

H/t Steve Annear.

By - 6/20/15 - 7:13 pm
Dog resecued from Green Line tracks at Park Street

Photo by MBTA.

A dog wandering through the Green Line tunnel between Boylston and Park today was rescued thanks to an alert trolley driver and Green Line Inspector Tara Egan, the MBTA reports.

A T spokesman says: Read more.

By - 6/14/15 - 4:39 pm
Lost parakeet in Roslindale

Sasha Gillin wonders about the provenance of this parakeet, spotted on Delano Park this afternoon.

By - 6/12/15 - 8:27 am
Sign warning about the dark fort in Jamaica Plain

Katie Merrill spotted this sign on a Jamaica Plain lawn on her way to the T this morning.

By - 5/24/15 - 10:24 pm
Turtle the cat, lost in Roslindale

UPDATE: Cat returned home. Turtle the indoor cat managed to sneak out of her house on Mendum Street by the Arboretum overnight.

She's a silver tabby, with black stripes and white underside; very friendly with no collar.

By - 5/22/15 - 4:05 pm

Angell Animal Medical Center reports seeing a case of canine flu in a five-year-old terrier just back from a family trip to Chicago - right in the middle of the current dog-flu belt. Read more.

By - 5/16/15 - 6:22 pm
Boston Police officer with small dog in Roslindale

Officer Jason Palmer with Vera the miniature pinscher.

A miniature pinscher that bolted from her dogsitter in Roslindale Tuesday night is back home, thanks to an all-out push by Fallon Field neighbors to find her - and two Boston Police officers, who did. Read more.

By - 5/14/15 - 10:50 pm
Small dog in East Boston

An East Boston resident reports:

This dog was found today around 6 p.m. wandering on Marion Street in East Boston, on the block between Princeton/Saratoga Street.

Read more.

By - 5/13/15 - 3:58 pm

A teenager was ordered held without bail today on charges he sliced up at least two cats behind an abandoned house on Mt. Everett Street. Read more.

By - 5/10/15 - 8:45 am
Old kitty litter

An outraged citizen in West Roxbury complains:

Someone is dumping USED cat litter in sewer at corner of Lasell and Temple Sts. This has been going on for months.

By - 4/22/15 - 8:45 pm

Kate Lockwood reports:

It's not every day you see someone get on the T carrying a live 6-foot snake. So that happened.

She says the woman had the snake around her neck and that the pair got off at Green Street. She adds the snake:

Was a kind of light brown with black spots I think. I was trying not to stare!

Has Penelope moved to JP?

By - 4/18/15 - 10:46 pm
Parakeet in a tree in Jamaica Plain

The Real Lenny reports spotting a parakeet in his backyard near Faulkner Hospital this afternoon.

Tillie Jupiter reports he proved a friendly guy, so they were able to capture him and take him inside while they called Boston animal control - which now has him at its Roslindale shelter. If you're missing a parakeet, with a tag that reads something like HC355, now you know where to get him.

Bird inside:

By - 3/20/15 - 1:55 pm

The student newspaper at Wellesley High School, the Bradford, reports a student found his lost tarantula when another student spotted it crawling towards him in math class:

It was a minute before the bell and everyone in the class was putting their binders away, when all of a sudden someone started to scream.

Via the Swellesley Report.

By - 3/8/15 - 3:42 pm
Dog rescued from Charles River

The Wellesley Police Department posted this photo of a cold but otherwise okay Cooper with Officer Christopher Cunningham and Wellesley firefighters after his rescue at Elm Bank this morning.

By - 3/7/15 - 3:10 pm

The folks at K9 Strolls on Pembroke Street spent part of today roaming the neighborhood looking for dog crap and other stuff that's emerging as our glaciers slowly recede. They report they collected five large bags of the stuff - and reported a number of overflowing trash cans to the city.

H/t Pilot Block Neighborhood Association.

By - 3/3/15 - 6:39 am

Taupaw the Dutch Wolfhound, who startled a Coast Guard cutter crew when he ran in front of them on the ice in Quincy Bay, turned up at a construction site in Dorchester yesterday, according to Missing Dogs Massachusetts, which reports Boston Animal Control, which spotted, picked him up and reunited him with his Jamaica Plain owner.