Topics: Animals

'Chatham Charlie' Was The Town's Unofficial Ambassador

By: Debra Lawless

CHATHAM – Chatham Charlie was a “heart dog,” a special dog out of many beloved dogs, who wiggled his way deep into hearts. For Charlie’s “humans” Paul and Robin Litwin and, it turns out, for an awful lot of other people, the beautiful golden retriever with his huge smile and extraordinary personality made each day a little better. In his capacity as unofficial “ambassador” for the town of Chatham, Charlie lure...

Selectmen Pass Judgment on 'Nuisance' Dog

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — The most eloquent witness at last week's dog hearing never made a sound. Sitting placidly or resting on his side, Bear the dog let his human companion, Peter Christian, do the talking as the selectmen responded to complaints about Bear biting people in town. Just weeks before, the board ordered another dog euthanized. Animal control officer Duane Boucher detailed several incidents: a man bitten ...

Dog Attack Leaves Some Riverbay Neighbors Fearful

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Several residents of the Riverbay neighborhood say they’re afraid to walk to the mailbox or have their grandchildren play outside after a longtime resident was attacked by a neighbor’s dog last month. On the morning of June 7, Joan Maloney had gone outside to retrieve her morning paper, and struck up a conversation with neighbor Jeffrey Howell, who was walking his dog. Ernie, the 45-pound lab mix, ...

CHATHAM - Each year, it seems that there are more protected piping plovers nesting on area beaches than the year before. Ospreys, once on the brink of extinction, can be seen everywhere. And don't even start with seals, which can be found by the tens of thousands on Monomoy but are protected by federal law. If you’ve ever wondered why, you’re not alone.   Piping plovers Given the number of times they s...

ORLEANS – Perhaps Finn won't have died in vain. Last week, selectmen ordered the 22-month-old boxer owned by Oneida and Michael Lillis “humanely euthanized” after testimony about the dog biting a man at Kent's Point and a contractor at the couple's home. It was an uncomfortable evening for everyone, made more difficult by confusion over what the town, which does not have a leash law, requires. Dogs must be ...

Harwich Pet Cemetery Nearing Completion

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's pet burial grounds to be located on Queen Anne Road are beginning to take shape and could be open in the month of October, providing a tranquil sanctuary for deceased animal companions. The cemetery commission sought and was granted the use of the 2.5-acre parcel of town-owned land to establish the pet burial grounds in town meeting a little more than a year ago. In recent months the lot w...

Walker The Dog Really Digs Baseballs. Really.

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ If you've ever wondered what happens to all the baseballs launched over the fences at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, wonder no more. It's likely Walker has them. If not, he'll surely find them soon enough, along with lost tennis, lacrosse, and other balls at local fields. Walker is a 10-year-old black lab owned by Bruce Young, an EMT with the Harwich Fire Department. “My wife wanted a dog,” said Y...

Monomoy Animal Welfare Club Helps Pets In Need

By: Kira Barrett

CHATHAM – For the past decade, the Monomoy Regional High School Animal Welfare Club (begun at Chatham High School) has been rescuing cats and dogs from abusive owners, neglect and homelessness. The club works exclusively with Pleasant Bay Animal Hospital to provide the best healthcare possible to rescued pets. Paula McMahon, the club’s advisor, says that the public is generally uninformed about what to do if t...

Save A Life And Brake For Turtles

By: Kat Szmit

The folks at Wild Care, Inc., of Cape Cod have an important message for drivers encountering turtles in the roadway: Stop! You just might save a life. Each year when spring begins its migration into summer here on the peninsula, not only does Cape Cod see an influx of tourist traffic, but roadways also see an increase in turtle crossings, particularly of snapping turtles looking for suitable locations to lay t...

Animal Advocates Honor Firefighters For Saving Dog

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Recognizing local firefighters' dogged determination to save lives, a national animal rights group has decided to throw them a bone. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, has awarded Compassionate Fire Department Awards to the Harwich and Brewster fire departments for their rescue of a dog from a house fire on April 15. The two-alarm blaze on Standish Circle caused around $100,00...

ORLEANS — The energetic ball of fluff called Mia is a companion dog. As she scampered around inside the Old Firehouse last week greeting other dogs and their people, her trainer looked on with admiration. “She owns everywhere she goes,” said Gina Hayes, president of Just Dogs Training. Mia is the latest in a long of animals trained by Hayes, including the beloved companion dog at Nauset Regional Middle Sc...

HARWICH ─ Dissections are a typical part of most high school biology classes, but thanks to a special partnership between Monomoy Regional High School and the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, students in Adriana Picariello's Marine Science class recently had the unique opportunity to necropsy a quartet of Kemp's ridley sea turtles. “The Audubon rescues the stranded turtles and sends them off to...

Animal Control Officers' Dog Wins National Prize

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — The husband-and-wife team of Jack Burns and Lynda Brogden-Burns, best known as the animal control officers in Harwich and Brewster, spend their working hours caring for the towns' furry and feathered residents. In their free time, they're focused on their own rambunctious four-and-a-half-year-old. Aiden is a German shepherd who recently won the coveted Performance Award of Merit from the German Sheph...