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Comment Roundup: Poisoned Meat Left for Dogs

Takeaways from the discussion following Wednesday's story about the landscaper who allegedly left poisoned meat for dogs to eat.

Wednesday's story about a landscaper who allegedly left antifreeze-soaked hotdogs on the lawn of the Bricklayers' Apprentice Fund at 550 Medford Street triggered a lot of attention and a lot of comments—some of them useful.

A few takeaways:

Tell your dog walkers about this story.

Reader Megan Scarborough said that her dog walker said that she wasn't surprised to hear that the landscaper had allegedly poisoned dogs, and had intentionally been avoiding that section of Medford Street as a result. But that doesn't mean that your dog walker is as alert.

We need more information.

Scarborough and Chris Z noted that their dogs had been sick on Friday night. The incident that triggered the police report obtained by Charlestown Patch occurred on Sunday, but witnesses said they had noticed similar incidents at early dates.

If your dog has also fallen suddenly sick recently, please tell us in the comments. If other residents' pets experienced mysterious illness on the same day, perhaps you can draw the conclusion that it was caused by the tainted meat.

Not everyone reacted the same way.

While most readers were aghast that anyone would intentionally poison a pet—with reactions ranging from raw horror to questioning why the witnesses didn't restrain the landscaper until police arrived—some people took the story as an opportunity to make political points and slam pet owners.

Jeff Connors, on our Facebook page, responded to a comment from Charlestown Patch that we didn't have the landscaper's name with a suggestion that we should publish the names of pet owners who let their animals poop on other people's property.

"If you don't have a yard it's simple. Don't have a dog!" Connors wrote.

Back in the story's comment section, reader Amy Bird seemed to make a political connection with the alleged crime.

"Let me guess... the area with the obnoxious Obama sign?" she wrote. "I wouldn't walk my dog near there anyway."

Other readers pointed out that the sign was not relevent to the conversation.

Townie4Lyfe September 20, 2012 at 10:46 AM
Too bad shawn thornton (who has 2 dogs) didnt catch the scumbag.. He wouldve done us justice
TheMaskedTruthsayer September 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Imagine someone doing this in the 70's when we were ALL stepping in dog sh*t? Someone would have been seriously hurt.
Townie Citizen September 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM
It.s horrible to poison any animal and he should be held responsible. but I have t ask why if you know you shouldn't walk your animal there , would you. that's all i am saying.
TheMaskedTruthsayer September 20, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I agree, but I think this was a case of dog walkers (primarily) walking the dogs in this area and then the owners discovering their dogs were ill later in the evening. Either way, poisonong the animals is not the answer and it is illegal.
Joseph September 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Poisoning dogs is simply wrong. Those that say otherwise are just sick. To the dog owners/walkers who used this grassy area and didn't pick up after their dogs, how do you feel today knowing this was your fault? Do you understand the repercussions caused by your selfishness, or laziness? I don't know which is more accurate. By no means am I defending this landscaper (he should have to eat a few of those hot dogs), but this could have been prevented. PS...To the guy in the Training Fields with two dogs (one light tan, the other dark) and unleashed. I was walking to work the other morning through the Training Fields around 7:15am. You were txting on your phone while your two dogs ran around at will. How did you miss the signs, "Dogs Must Be Leashed"? It's people like you that have no respect for your neighbors. You narcissistic a$$hole.
Just a person! September 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Be realistic here! Last time I looked I did live in America, land of the free! Where do you get off telling, or even suggesting that people of this town and country should avoid this grassy area? Don't get me wrong ident condone dog waste just left here and ther , dog owners should pick up after their animals. But to tell someone to avoid a public area, or walk somewhere else, get real! This is America!
Joseph September 20, 2012 at 01:13 PM
^is it public? under the impression it was private.
Paul Scanlon September 20, 2012 at 02:39 PM
This is private property, not public, something Matt Casey's article fails to mention. I don't think these dog owners who ignored posted signs would like someone walking over to their front yard and dropping a hot mess, then leave it for you to clean up. Make no mistake, this is a disgusting act that I in no way condone, as I own a dog and a cat myself, but bad dog owners who do not follow posted signs (just like signs at some PUBLIC beaches say "no dogs allowed") give the good dog owners who act the right way a bad name. If this landscaper really did do this he/she should have to eat the same poison hot dogs, and should be charged to the fullest for their actions. I'm surprised that nobody was able to video record or photograph this landscaper in the middle of the act, seeing that everyone in the world today has a camera phone-not sure that the police would "still be investigating" if that happened because now even with a photo of a bucket of hot dogs, it becomes a situation of he said/she said because there is no photo or video of the landscaper actually performing this act. This issue also brings to light the level of trust a customer has when hiring a landscaper. Do any of us really know what the landscaper is doing when he's at our house while we're at work? Yea the yard might look nice but judging from this incident that might not mean anything!
Matt M. Casey (Editor) September 20, 2012 at 02:57 PM
The article does not explicitly use the words "private property," no, but it does indicate that the property belongs to a private entity—which I thought was sufficient.
Noreen Manning September 20, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Per the Bricklayer's Business Manager, the property is private. When I asked why he didn't just fence it in, he said "people will throw trash over the fence." He complained about the K of C using their private property for parking for weekend events. He told me that the landscaper had not been fired, pending the outcome of the investigation. At the very least, I would suspend him pending the outcome! I've called City of Boston Animal Control, Animal Rescue League, Boston Police, and MSPCA today. Please be assured that the ones I've reached are ALL OVER THIS! They are all talking with each other.
Joseph September 20, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Let me get this straight Noreen. They are complaining about parking on private property when their oh so friendly Local 25 Union thugs illegally park all over the rotary, main street, etc without a thought of the traffic nightmare they cause? Whoa....Now if that isn't the pot calling the kettle black, I don't know what is??!! Thanks for keeping us posted.
Noreen Manning September 20, 2012 at 03:16 PM
SUCH a pet peeve of mine, Joseph! Complaints fall on deaf ears. Last time I mentioned it was this past Sunday when they were having a meeting - comment was, "Where are they supposed to park?"
Paul Scanlon September 20, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Noreen you seem to have an awful lot of information, how did you get selected to be their mouth piece?
Noreen Manning September 20, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I'm an animal lover and also like my community, so I called them yesterday and asked for the Business Manager, and he got on the phone. I'm just trying to keep everyone informed. You can call him yourself if you want, but I doubt he'll get on the phone today after all of the upset. Charles Raso, 617-242-5500.
Medford Resident September 20, 2012 at 10:54 PM
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Medford Resident September 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM
This landscaper is sick, and anyone else that agrees with him in any way is a sad soul and must have an absolute miserable life...I agree people need to pick up after their dogs, but most do... If having dog**** in your yard is so devastating to you, then again, I could only imagine you are a miserable human being with no life. This story gets me sick.
Just a person! September 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM
If it is private put a fence around it,and if they are worried about people throwing trash over it hire a maintainance person to clean it up ,rather tha a landscaper/animal poisoner! Again I ask are you serious? Just because a fence is put up they think people will throw trash there? I think they are not a neighborhood friendly business or neighbor. As far as the parking on weekends what is the problem with that if you are not there? Again ,not friendly just as the mall at the 99 rest. When the knights was there. And as for the teamsters parking who the hell do they think they are to park on a highway rotary? And where ever they please ,surely if it was a resident they would be towed,and ticketed! Time to call city hall!
Dan September 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Good news! the Police have arrested the landscaper today for the poisoning!
Dan September 21, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Paul - There's a big difference here! First, the property owner should post signage if they are having a problem. A low key approach here would have been using a non-toxic dog repellent, teasing a dog to eat something is not a means of repelling it! If dog droppings was the real issue. Poisoning something a dog would love is just so wrong!
Dan September 21, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I would like to point out within the last six years we have gained not one but two dog groomers, two stores selling dog/pet food/care products, one very well equipped vet with a second trying to setup a practice as well. So it's clear we have a growing dog (pet) population in C-Town! We all have to do our part both being good neighbors with our pets needs as well as people respecting pet owners and their pets. Pet owners need to be held responsible for their pets actions and waste. Property owners likewise must make the effort in not encouraging or protect their employees in doing the wrong thing in the guise of protecting their property from trespass by pets when it is not wanted. They are encouraged in posting signage and if they prefer using non-toxic repellent (which needs to be maintained to be effective) As pet owners we should respect spaces so marked, pick up our charges waste and correctly dispose of it in all cases. I personally would love to see one of these new pet waste digester placed some where in C-Town so pet waste could be used for a positive way.
Elaine September 22, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I agree Joseph, my son while walking home from the Navy yard not so long ago got bite from a dog unleashed. I was furious the woman did not have the dog on a leash I was also with him for not taking her number even though the dog was small I had concerns when I saw the bite it was nasty

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