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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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North Adams' Chase Hill Rabies Vaccination Clinic a Success

More than 200 dogs and cats from the Chase Hill neighborhood received free rabies vaccinations and microchip implants during the city-sponsored clinic. Because of a reported rabies-infected cat in the Chase Hill area last month, a plethora of animal welfare groups teamed up to provide free vaccinations to neighborhood pets on Thursday from 11 to 6.

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Great Barrington K-9 Unit Receives Health Care Grant

The grant is part of Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc.'s health care reimbursement pilot program, where a total of $10,000 will be awarded to a number of self-funded K-9 units for medical reimbursements.

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Windsor Lake Commission Making Trails Dog-Friendly

The Windsor Lake Recreation Commission is recommending the city allow leashed dogs on the trails that circle Fish Pond. The decision on Tuesday came after nearly a half-hour of discussion on how dogs could be allowed at the lake. Dogs are currently banned from the public beach and trails although campers are allowed to bring their pets, along with proof of vaccinations.

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North Adams Planners OK B&B, Solar Array, Dog Facility

The Planning Board on Monday approved a new bed & breakfast on Church Street, a doggie day-care facility and a solar array. Gianni Donati was approved to transform 164 Church St. into a B&B, with an owner's residence and common areas on the first floor.

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Cheshire Selectmen Concerned Over Dog Waste & Strippers

"If you go there and look on the lefthand side, there must be 60 bags, so I don't know if really helps out a lot." — Peter LeFebvre

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