Sam and Dakota's reign of terror on Giovini Drive has come to an end.
The two, 10-lbs. or so Yorkshire Terriers have been terrorizing the neighborhood for too long and the Animal Control Commission is now calling for it to end. The two dogs must now be leashed and attended at all times, and much be muzzled while off the property.
Be Hip & SNIP Your Dog serves dog owners who are Berkshire residents and are in financial need. The program will provide low-cost spaying or neutering for approximately 50 dogs and puppies 3 months and older.
Town officials are now considering where to create a dog park.
The Selectmen had opted to ban dogs from all town parks last year after the Highway Department's worker's union filed a complaint about dog waste. That had followed a push to re-open the parks for dogs with signs and waste bags being made available.
The Parks Commission wants to crack down on off-leash dogs at Kirvin Park.
The park off of Williams Street had long been used by dog owners as a place to let their four-legged friends run off leash. However, dogs are required to be on leash in a city park and the increasing use of the park of dogs has led to problems.
The city has accepted a proposal to have the Humane Society take over responsibilities for stray animals picked up by animal control. The plan is to have animals transported the society's Barker Road facilty for care during the required seven-day holding period.
The city of Pittsfield is apparently giving up its attempts to run an animal shelter on its own but a request for proposals to take over the care of strays has only elicited one bid.
Earlier this month the city issued a request for proposal for animal sheltering. The proposals were due on Monday and the Berkshire Humane Society was the only one to respond. Pittsfield officials are mum on what the organization has proposed or what the city is looking for in such a contract.
York opened his collection in the 8,000-square-foot building earlier this year. The museum has received an enormous amount of fanfare in articles across the country, including in Parade and The Boston Globe.
Efforts to make the town more business-friendly are well underway.
In recent years the town created an economic development committee and secured a state grant to share an economic development planning with other towns. A second grant award hired Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to do a re-use study of the Berkshire Mall.
The lawsuit over leadership of the Friends of Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter has come to a peaceful end.
A lawsuit had been filed by Board President Krista Wroldson-Miller and Treasurer Judith Trumble after the two were ousted from the board. A judge placed a temporary order placing the two back in charge while the court case played out.
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.
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.
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.