Friday, October 16, 2015

Boston Globe Bird Shit

You can't miss him and his droppings are everywhere.

I've been cutting back but this I could hardly bear:

“A sad ending.... a shame, sad.... cause of death.... likely hit by a car. Investigators decided not to perform a necropsy due to the length of time the bear had been dead.”

Look, I don't want to come face-to-face with one, but I'm also thinking of the terror the bear must have felt. Maybe he had a heart attack. Seems like a car would sustain damage hitting one of those things.

Sharks still drawing a crowd off the coast of Chatham

Wouldn't want to come face to face with them, either, and I avoid the ocean.

Three charged after dead animals found in Westport house

Two dogs and a lizard dead in a house ridden with fleas and feces. 

No better than the animal shelter....

"Rhode Island adopts standards for animal care facilities" Associated Press  October 11, 2015

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island has become the first New England state to adopt detailed care and housing standards for state-licensed animal care facilities, according to the state Department of Environmental Management.

The regulations, which took effect Thursday, apply to pet shops, kennels, municipal pounds, animal shelters and rescues and animal brokers, which are all state-licensed or -registered.

‘‘I’m pretty excited about this,’’ said Scott Marshall, the state veterinarian. ‘‘To my knowledge, there’s not a state in the country, certainly not in the Northeast, that has comprehensive regulations like we’ve just developed.’’

Facilities must have clean food and water dishes and proper ventilation and sanitation, among other standards. There are minimum space requirements for cages.

Marshall said the facilities now know what is expected and the state can fine violators.

Before, the department could only revoke a license or file criminal charges for substandard care. There wasn’t a way to force change in less-serious situations and there were no regulations to point to that described the standard of care, Marshall said.

‘‘These are enforceable now,’’ he said. ‘‘They’re not suggestions by inspectors, these are mandates by inspectors.’’

Ernest Finocchio, president of the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said the regulations have been ‘‘sorely needed’’ for some time.

‘‘There’s no longer a gray area. It’s black and white,’’ he said.

The regulations also aim to give consumers more information about where pets are coming from, to address growing concerns from the public about acquiring pets from ‘‘puppy mills,’’ or breeding facilities known for inhumane conditions....


Didn't Gandhi say something about animals and their treatment?

UPDATE: Cranky fugitive cockatoo captured in Brookline

That story was a real dog.