A disgusted citizen in Jamaica Plain complains about neighborhood dog owners:
what is up with all the dog crap on the sidewalks in JP? winter is usually bad, with sneaky dog owners leaving layer on layer of crap piles to be covered with snow until the spring thaw reveals what looks like anarchaeological dig gone very wrong. but we haven't had snow and crap is everywhere! can we at least get some signs up, not that i think the troglodyte owner can either read or care. and no, i don't have a photo-- do u really want one?
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.
Susan B. asks:
My New Year's resolution: finally adopt kittens. Any suggestions on shelters?
The Brookline Health Department is warning residents to stay away from wild animals after a raccoon suspected of having rabies attacked a north Brookline resident's pet in daylight hours - a few weeks after a rabid raccoon was picked up in Jamaica Plain.
Two bats captured in Brookline also recently tested positive for rabies.
It would probably be safer if the ferret stood behind the yellow line.
Meanwhile, and totally unrelated, except it also happened at an Orange Line stop, Andrea reports:
Some guy at Sullivan Station just turned into a corner and starting peeing 2 feet away from me.
UPDATE: Judge set bail at $750, declined request by Suffolk County DA's office to revoke his bail on the earlier drug charge.
Boston Police report officers responding to a call about a man throwing kittens out a second-floor window at 102 Blue Hill Ave. in Roxbury early this morning found a man witnesses said was throwing kittens out the window.
Police say officers found two kittens and that a city animal inspector said they were OK.
Earlier this year, the man charged with tossing the kittens, Thomas Gonzales, 47, was arrested on drug-distribution charges just hours before Mayor Menino stood in front of 102 Blue Hill Ave. to declare it one of the most troubled properties in the city and the target of a city task force aimed at cleaning up such places. Between May, 2010 and July, 2011, police responded more than 100 times to calls related to the triple decker.
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.
Court upholds man's jail term for killing cat and tossing its flaming corpse through friend's windowBy adamg - 8/9/11 - 10:53 pm
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the animal-cruelty law used to send Luigi Epifania of East Boston away for 2 1/2 years.
Epifania had appealed his sentence for his 2007 flaming-cat tossing by arguing the cat didn't belong to anybody in particular and so was not covered by the state law, which only covers animals owned by "another person."
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.
The Zoning Board of Appeals today denied a Roslindale resident's request to keep hens in her Firth Road backyard because city zoning codes expressly forbid poultry in Roslindale and Jamaica Plain - but nowhere else in the city.
City Councilor Rob Consalvo (Hyde Park, Roslindale), vowed to work with Audra Karp to change the regulations that now prohibit chickens in the two neighborhoods - they are allowed with a zoning special permit in other parts of the city. He said it seems to make little sense to have the zoning board, which normally deals with matters such as building heights and setbacks, to deal with animal issues. However, he acknowledged that could be a lengthy process, saying if this were a baseball game, we'd only be in the first inning.
An Animal Rescue League technician tweets:
A strange scaly creature is found in the bushes of a Dorchester home..., hmmm, I wonder what it is...?
The 'strange' animal in Dorchester MA turns out to be an iguana that is claimed by an owner that was searching for him...
Channel 4 reports somebody's stolen the little wheeled device a disabled dog uses to get around because his hind legs no longer work.
Really, what other line would they ride? This guy and his parrot are apparently Red Line regulars. He came down to the inbound side of Harvard this afternoon with Polly on his shoulder, then sat as the bird moved to the handle of his shopping cart. He asked a busker a few feet away if she'd like some accompaniment:
He escaped early this afternoon from 20 Lawn St. So when you see an iguana, don't just freak out, call 857-288-8024:
He is dearly loved and would like to return home.
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.
UPDATE: Snake found, alive and well.
This just in from Craigslist:
penelope- lost snake (T-between park and andrew)
she is a very mellow snake- never hisses or bites and is very timid. she is a bit under 3 feet long with a brownish, almost pinkish paisley looking pattern on her back. she is 3 years old and ive had her since she was 5 days old. if you see her, if you find her- please call me @413-530-6350 ANYTIME. you will be rewarded and will also be a hero. please help!
The Globe interviews the snake lady, who said "she is accustomed to taking Penelope everywhere, and was wearing her around her neck, concealed by a scarf, when she boarded the T Thursday."