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Zogics Expands Into Pet Products With Launch Of New Company

Zogics has drawn a lot of attention for its dog-friendly workplace policies. The Pittsfield Road office has a number of employee pets roaming around. New puppy parents are given an extra week of time off - "pawternity leave" - and gift cards to the pet stores.

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Current Sonsini Staff Looks To Move Past Recent Drama

It's been a distressing few months at the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter because of court cases, contracts, and battles over leadership. But, every morning staff continues to open those doors, feed the dogs and cats, give them medicine, and try to find homes for the stays and surrenders.

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Pittsfield Police Dog to Receive Protective Vest

Jango's vest is sponsored by fundraiser hosted by Heather McKibben of HeatherFest in Norton, Mass., and will be embroidered with the sentiment "Donated by HeatherFest in memory of Bill McKibben." Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks.

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North Adams Planners Approve New 'Museum of Dog'

The largely private collection of 180 dog-inspired artworks will also include featured local artists in temporary exhibits.

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Police Dog, Handler Thank Karate Students for Funding Vest

The vest, from Vested Interest In K-9s, is both bullet-proof and knife-proof to help protect Millie while she finds missing people, sniffs out drugs and tracks suspects on the run.

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Pittsfield Dog Ordered Euthanized Bites Again

A dog which was previously ordered to be euthanized has bitten another person while under appeal. Animal Control Officer Joseph Chague said the 110-pound Loco, owned by Raymond Wright of North Street, bit another person and the dog was impounded. The dog was already deemed a dangerous and ordered to be euthanized. But, Wright had appealed the order in court.

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Adams Selectmen Vote to Euthanize Dangerous Dog

The Board of Selectmen voted on Wednesday to euthanize a dog that has attacked and bitten people over the last several years. The board went back and forth on different ways to restrain resident Sandy Spring's dog, described as a pitbull mix, but after classifying the dog as a dangerous animal, four selectmen voted to put it down because they felt the owner was not complying with restrictions placed by police and animal control officer.

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Pittsfield Looks To Raise Fines For Abandoning Dogs

The city is looking to raise the fine for abandoning a dog. The City Council's Ordinance and Rules Committee on Monday voted in favor of a number of changes to the local animal control laws. The changes including raising the fines for abandoning dogs, changing the fine structure for violations, and shortening the number the of days before a stray dog can head to adoptions.

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North Adams Dog Park Offers Room to Run

Owners began frequenting the park, the only dog park in North County, once the rules were posted. The city installed the fencing, using Community Development Block Grant funds, several weeks ago. The walking path that circled the Houghton Street park currently runs through the dog area. That will be relocated at a later date.

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'Strut Your Mutts' Gathering Planned in Adams

Dog lovers are invited to "Strut Your Mutts" at the Visitor Center this Friday. Animal lover and Adams Friends of Animals Scholarship creator Roy Thompson hosting the gathering for dogs and owners with coffee and doughnuts.

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North Adams Commission Approves Dog Park

A dog park is finally becoming a reality in the city after several years of work. The Parks & Recreation Commission on Monday unanimously approved locating the park at the Houghton Street playground. The North Adams park appears to be only the second in the county, with the first being French Park Dog Park in Egremont.

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