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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
The Globe reports that even if Penelope the snake's owner had the $650 the T wants for cleaning up after the snake, she wouldn't pay it because T workers disrespected her after she reported Penelope missing.