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."
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.