Monday, October 7, 2013

Dog As Deadly Weapon

Mr. Austin, 23, was arrested on charges of menacing, assault, attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon. “Namely,” the indictment reads, “a pit bull dog.”
The case, from August 2012, is a rare example of a New Yorker’s being arrested on a weapons possession charge, a misdemeanor, for a dog. 

Courts around the country have long grappled with the question of canine weaponization. Over the years, judges have mostly arrived at the same conclusion: if you use Fido as a weapon, he becomes one. 

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Green-Wood Cemetery Dog; Dead Plover

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From Maine Audubon

On Monday, July 15, our biologists received concerning news. The Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center called the Piping Plover/Least Tern Project office to report that a dead piping plover fledgling (learning to fly) had been delivered to the Center. The citizen who brought in the plover witnessed the bird being attacked by an off-leash dog.

The death of this plover fledgling was particularly devastating as it had been the only chick to hatch from its brood. The parents had chosen a rather challenging spot to nest on Pine Point Beach in Scarborough, where dogs and foot-traffic cause a constant disturbance to the adults’ incubation of their eggs.
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We work hard to ask dog owners to please leash their pets in areas where piping plovers are nesting and foraging. The nesting areas are marked with signs and symbolic fencing in the form of stake and twine. Being dog lovers ourselves, we understand that dogs need their exercise, but we also know that it is in a dog’s nature to want to chase anything that moves. It is the dog owner’s responsibility to leash their pet in areas where endangered piping plovers make their nests.

 The incident on July 15 demonstrates that dogs are a very real threat to wildlife. We remind all beach-goers that piping plovers are an endangered species in Maine and protected by Endangered Species Act. The death of a bird can warrant a federal and state investigation. When situations such as this occur, we rely on witnesses to gather all available information so that we can prevent other violations in the future.

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Swimming Dog of Prospect

Dog swims away from family while chasing birds in Prospect Park

Hat-tip to Winston Smith

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Unleashed Dogs in Prospect Park

The pictures, all from last Saturday, speak for themselves. The guy who took them also filed them with 311.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Pit Bull Attack in SI Playground

Three unleashed pit bulls in a Staten Island playground = one bitten girl and one dead dog.

The item fails to note that dogs are not allowed in city playgrounds, leashed or leashed.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Green--Wood Cemetery; Delury Park Follow-Up

 Pets, other than service animals, are not permitted on Green-Wood Cemetery grounds--unleashed or leashed, even in cars.  There are signs to that effect at all of Green-Wood's entrances, and guards are supposed to enforce the rule.  That did not stop these two inconsiderate cretins from, evidently, sneaking their dogs in by car and then brazenly unleashing them by the Crescent Water. When we left the area, GWC security was chasing one of their cars. Security did catch up with a third visitor who had come with a Scottish terrier in an SUV.


The community board has voted to ban dogs from Delury Park.  Whether that happens is now up to the DPR.

Hat-tip to Christina.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Prospect Park; Delury Square Park; Pit Bull Attacks Baby Seal

On Tuesday afternoon around 3 P.M. I was about to head up the stairs from behind the music pavilion.  In front of me heading up the stairs were four young black women.  Heading down the stairs was a young white guy with two small, friendly, unleashed dogs.  One of them tried to climb the legs of one of the women, who was pretty clearly terrified.  The owner did nothing.  The other dog headed to me.  Having no desire for dirty pants I yelled at the dog, who backed off.  The dogs remained unleashed.  There were two other unleashed dogs on the Peninsula Meadow

On Wedneday afternoon around the same time there were three unleashed dogs on the Nethermead, one on Breeze Hill, and two others on the Peninsula Meadow

I encountered several other unleashed dogs, and perhaps a total of three leashed dogs.

Some downtown Manhattan residents are so disgusted that they would like dogs banned entirely from their local park.  Fat chance.  Hat-tip to Christina.

And here  is a video of a (leashed) pit bull attacking a baby sea lion.  The dog owner?  Mark Kelly, husband of Gabrielle Giffords