In Boston (as in New York) it's dog owners vs. "everybody else":
City Councilor William Linehan, who represents several neighborhoods with growing dog populations, like the South End and South Boston, says the problem of dogs running free in city parks has gotten out of hand lately as dog owners, with little fear of punishment, have become emboldened to flout leash laws.
Linehan has called for a public hearing to open dialogue between the groups and to discuss whether the city needs to toughen up penalties for violating leash and pooper-scooper regulations, step up enforcement, and look at the possibility of creating more dog-friendly areas so the pets and their owners have somewhere to go. The meeting has been slated for Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Ianella Chamber at City Hall.
"We want to try and change the culture of dog owners," said Linehan. "We need to cohabitate, but there are still existing rules."
An avid runner, Linehan said he always sees dogs running around off-leash each morning on Carson Beach, forcing him to make a split-second judgment about whether he'll be attacked.
"It's really the dog owners at fault. I have nothing against dogs," said Linehan.
To those who say their dogs need to socialize and the exercise they receive off-leash, he says, "I know people are passionate about their animals, but they're property."
The only difference seems to be that in Boston, citizens are willing to do something about unleashed dogs in the parks instead of caving to the dog owners.
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According to Newsday, a brave grey squirrel invaded a home in Long Island and bit the family dog. Unfortunately, the squirrel was euthanized: we were going to offer to release it in Prospect Park.