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Blue Heron Tangled in Fishing Line Rescued From Flood Chutes

A blue heron trapped in fishing line in the Hoosic River flood chutes for nearly week was rescued Friday afternoon.

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Pittsfield Bans Circus Animals

By an 8-3 vote, the City Council has banned non-domesticated animals from being used as entertainment. The ordinance submitted by citizens petition calls for "no living non-domesticated animal shall be displayed for public entertainment or amusement in circuses, carnivals, traveling events, or other similar entities" in the city. The ban doesn't apply to dogs, cars, donkeys, horses, and other farm animals nor does it apply to educational exhibits. The majority of the council felt the law woul

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Adams Police Capture Suspected Rabid Fox

Adams Police captured a fox believed to be the one that bit a child at Big Basin on Sunday night. Police Chief Richard Tarsa said the fox was discovered Monday evening on Meadow Street. "We caught it without incident. It was found in a yard directly above the Big Basin area where the child was bitten," Tarsa said. "It is a public safety and a public health issue so we are having it tested appropriately for rabies."

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Pittsfield 4-Year-Old Attacked By Fox

Britney O'Keefe stepped outside of her back door on Robbins Avenue Monday and just had a bad feeling. Her four-old followed her out and she turned to bring him back inside. Then all of a sudden a fox was in mid-air lunging at the toddler. She grabbed her son and quickly threw him into the house but the fox kept charging. She slammed the door on the animal and she expected it to run away. It stood up after falling and kept coming, mouth open, jaw exposing teeth.

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Circus Animal Ban Heads to Pittsfield City Council

The City Council will be asked to decide whether or not to ban non-domesticated animals from being used for entertainment. A animal advocacy group Berkshire Voters for Animals has proposed a ban, aimed mostly at circuses. While there hasn't been a circus in the city since 2008, the advocates hope to make sure one never returns. The group had previously pushed for a ban in Dalton, where a circus is held annually, but voters there rejected the ban.

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Cheshire Losing Out on Free Garage

The town may not be getting the garage at the former Bushika gravel pit on Route 8. Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that solar array developer Kirt Mayland may sell the garage on the property to a local buyer instead of giving it to the town.

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