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Lanesborough Stands By Banning Dogs From Laston Park

The board had previously decided to allow dogs at the Narragansett and Bridge Street parks but cited safety concerns about Laston.

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Lanesborough Urged to Allow Dogs Back in Town Parks

After pointing out that the board was meeting on National Dog Day, Animal Control Officer Jason Costa argued that excluding dogs from three town parks is unfair to the 470 registered dog owners in the town of about 3,000.

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Signage, Public Awareness Means Less Dog Waste in Adams

Board of Health member Bruce Shepley said with new signage on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail and public awareness there seems to be fewer dog feces on the trail.

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Dog Feces Also Plague Adams Playing Field

Parks Commissioner Cynthia Bird told the rest of the commissioners Monday night that poop is a townwide issue and even litters the outfield of Russell Field.

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Adams Board of Health to Address Dog Poop Issue

Before moving into their formal agenda Wednesday, the Board of Health heard from a group of residents who have had enough of people leaving dog waste on the trail.

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Pittsfield Officials Look to Ease Dog Complaints on Giovina Drive

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.

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BHS Awarded Grant to Support Low-cost Spaying & Neutering

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.

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Lanesborough Selectmen Weigh Dog Park Location

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.

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Pittsfield Looks to Crack Down on Off-leash Dogs in Kirvin Park

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.

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Adams Parks Commission Upset With Dog Waste On Rail Trail

"I think that it is an enforcement issue that the Parks Department can't enforce, and we aren't going to appoint a poop officer," he said. "It is difficult."

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Pittsfield to Contract With Berkshire Humane For Animal Sheltering

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.

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Pittsfield Receives Proposal For Animal Shelter, Mum on Details

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.

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Museum of Dog Planning Move to Larger Quarters in Pittsfield

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.

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Two Grand Marshals Chosen for 'Year of Dog' Fall Foliage Parade

Seymour, a Texas mutt, and Curby, a dapper little pooch, were selected on Thursday from nine finalists to represent the parade's theme of "Year of the Dog."

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Lanesborough Looks to Be More Business Friendly

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.

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Lawsuit Over Sonsini Animal Shelter Is Resolved

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.

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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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