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Re: “Old Dog, New Trick: Vermont Wields Enhanced Animal Cruelty Law

The fact is, any one that takes on the care of another life, whether it is our human children or other species, is taking on all that comes with it. We must be responsible for their safety and well-being, for the costs associated, and do the best we can and yes, sometimes that can feel very overwhelming but, that doesnt make it any less our responsibility.

To the people that shoot animals that come on their property, the sight of an animal should inspire something other than the thought or desire to shoot and kill that life. An unleashed dog, is not a naughty or bad dog. It is a dog either in need of help or in need of a guardian to step up and be more responsible. Use your thinking skills to find alternative methods of handling the situation if you need to but, dont attack the dog. I do believe there should be strict laws and harsh punishment for those who intentionally, and without necessity, harm innocent, vulnerable lives (regardless of species.) Evolve and go find something more productive to do.

Finally, I am sorry if this sounded very harsh. There are lessons we all have to learn and things we should think about. As adults, we should be teaching our children what being responsible is about. That starts with us being responsible for the choices we make and the things that result from those choices. I am very happy to hear that this dog is recovering well though I am saddened for the further trauma she has had to endure through no fault of her own. I am also happy that there are laws in place to help hold this man accountable for his cruelty to this innocent and vulnerable dog.

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Posted by Kala Wrea on 08/17/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Old Dog, New Trick: Vermont Wields Enhanced Animal Cruelty Law

I will never agree with what this man did to this dog but, in the same way that I think he needs to be fully accountable for his actions, so do I believe that the owners should be accountable for not being more responsible with the dog they chose to rescue. I also think they should be accountable to their neighbors who might not feel safe having a dog running freely about and on their property. It isnt their job to tell you where your dog is. Also, if you are not supervising your dog, how do you know the dog is staying within the 20 acre property lines? They dont have any way of knowing what property is theirs to roam or not. As to notifying the owner before taking action, don't assume that everyone is going to know you or your dog, or know where to find you.

An unsupervised, freely roaming dog is a vulnerable, unprotected dog. It is your job to protect them when you take them in to your care. You would not let your 3 year old child out, unsupervised, and expect nothing will happen to them while they are roaming freely about.

If the dog accidentally slipped a lead or escaped from the house, then I would advise taking measures to prevent such an occurrence in the future. That is your responsibility. Anything less is on you and any vet bills that come of it are considered natural consequences for which you, rather than the generous public should be paying. Accidents happen, sure but, they are not without fault and anyone with pets has at one time or another, vet bills which can get rather high.

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Posted by Kala Wrea on 08/17/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “A Turtle Meets Fast Fate

I understand your sadness. Today a car ran over a Blandings turtle in the parking lot of my nature center, where I work. They came in to tell me. It was still alive but beyond help. I carefully carried it over to a shaded space near the pond where I've seen it before. It put its head out and looked around. I told it how sorry I was that this had happened to it. Then I left it. I didn't have a way to "put it down" as local farm people say. I know it will probably become food for another animal. But I grieve its loss. I hope it was on its way back from laying eggs. Hours later, I am still mourning the death of this beautiful creature, "a turtle, just being a turtle", as you said.

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Posted by Jill Gudding Martin on 06/18/2017 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Scratch ... and Sniff? Vermont Lottery's Pet Project

Good luck Laura Prive and TJ. If anyone should win we up here in Vt Think It Should Be Your TJ Laura you would do anything for your Cats And They ALL Lover You Back
Good Luck

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Posted by Lori Royea on 04/06/2017 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Scratch ... and Sniff? Vermont Lottery's Pet Project

My TJ is there! Can't wait to put his picture out there!

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Posted by Laura Prive on 04/06/2017 at 6:57 PM

Re: “When Crows Outsmart Their Hunters

I don't know how you "gain an appreciation" for "Mother Nature" when you shoot an animal for no reason -- not even to eat it. I'm sad to read that although Mr. Elmer admires the birds, he still plans to take his grandchildren crow hunting. Grandparents can teach many wonderful lessons. This is not one of them.

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Posted by Virginia on 03/05/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “When Crows Outsmart Their Hunters

Ditto, Laura! I felt the same way - why kill them if you respect them so much? Especially when killing them serves absolutely no purpose, although I've known a few farmers who would shoot crows eating their corn shoots and leave the dead crows in the field. They all said it would stop the rest of the crows from eating the field. So in that case I can see the purpose, but otherwise they have a lot to teach us and are far more intelligent than most people give them credit for.

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Posted by Elrod on 02/25/2016 at 4:44 AM

Re: “Billy the Cat Talks Napping, Ankles and Mice

Yes, I'm a big fan of Billy. Billy's Belly for President! Great article Pamela and Anson!

Posted by Eva Sollberger on 02/25/2016 at 1:42 AM

Re: “When Crows Outsmart Their Hunters

I would like to add the irrelevant fact that I personally know the artist who created the incredibly beautiful and detailed rendering of the crow at the top of this article. She is a massively talented artist and you should most definitely hire her to, say, paint a family portrait, decorate the walls of your house with murals, trim your hedges into wild and imaginative shapes, chisel a relief of a fire breathing dragon into your driveway... you know, whatever floats your boat.

So, yeah... free plug :).

Posted by Jason B Much on 02/24/2016 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Billy the Cat Talks Napping, Ankles and Mice

Wonderful! I loved this interview and wish Billy good luck in his quest to eat a chipmunk someday.

Posted by Tim Patterson on 02/24/2016 at 8:28 PM

Re: “When Crows Outsmart Their Hunters

I will never understand why people who claim to admire and respect animals are so obsessed with killing them.

Crows have been known to mourn their dead. Crows form strong social and family ties and they mate for life. Even Elmer can't justify shooting them (or trying to) anymore, yet he wants to take his grandkids shooting. Why? While "killing one or two crows won't affect the overall population," why add misery to the world, just because you can? Shoot skeet, not living, breathing animals, if you want to be a more ethical marksman.

Watch PBS's excellent documentary, "A Murder of Crows" to learn more: .

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Posted by Laura Yanne on 02/24/2016 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Billy the Cat Talks Napping, Ankles and Mice

''ten long feet''... Billy, you are a hoot! It's great to get a chance to know you a bit more. Keep up the..relaxing.

Posted by Mary Lou Hardwich Leavitt on 02/24/2016 at 1:58 PM

Re: “A Turtle Meets Fast Fate

Some years ago after a protest at Vermont Yankee, we retired to an activists house. He had a pond full of salamanders, fish, frogs, water beetles... And he spied a middling snapper walking up his field. How he saw that was beyond me, but the turtle was headed for his pond. I went out with a No. 5 pail and put him in it. Later we released it in the Ashuelot River.

But people do target turtles on the road. Some years ago in Winchendon, Ma, my father stopped to assist of large painted turtle in the breakdown lane of Route 12. A box truck driven by two yobs swerved and crushed the animal, spraying my dad's shirt in fluids.

Here is a sad story of drivers deliberately kill turtles.…

Posted by Steve William Lindsey on 02/24/2016 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Billy the Cat Talks Napping, Ankles and Mice

Loved this.

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Posted by Nancy Stearns Bercaw on 02/24/2016 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Billy the Cat Talks Napping, Ankles and Mice

It is just a thought, but a cat exercise wheel might just help Billy the Cat.

I bought one for my somewhat oversized -- er, overweight cat -- Cleopatra (Cleo:, earlier last year and she uses it several times a day most days. Besides providing Cleo with much needed exercise and also something meaningful to do, it helps cut down on attacks on human ankles and the like (sometimes anyway).

By the way, like Billy the Cat, Cleo can often be found laying around in much the same manner as he (however, no matter how tempted one might be to do so, one doesn't dare try to rub or scratch her belly ever).

Morgan W. Brown
Vermont Watch:

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Posted by norsehorse on 02/24/2016 at 11:47 AM

Re: “A Turtle Meets Fast Fate

Not any Box turtles in your neck of the woods but did you know that every single adult box turtle is vital to the existence of its population?

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Posted by Orbem Ezat Tnod on 02/24/2016 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Update: Still Spooked, Murphy the Dog Eludes Capture

No longer on the run!

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Posted by Sio Philbin on 01/11/2016 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Update: Still Spooked, Murphy the Dog Eludes Capture

Sio: I would think that they do not tranquilizer him because they do not work immediately. It can take 30 to 60 minutes for them to take effect. At that point he most likely would not be in the area to be found and could possibly get injured.

Posted by Cheryl Pariseau on 01/07/2016 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Update: Still Spooked, Murphy the Dog Eludes Capture

This may seem like a stupid question, but if his food can be baited with heartworm/flea and tick meds, why can't it be baited with a tranquilizer? I've been following the story and it's amazing that Murphy made if through the harsh winter last year--it would be great if they could get him home safely soon (or if not home because he's feral, at least to a safe space).

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Posted by Sio Philbin on 12/31/2015 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Update: Still Spooked, Murphy the Dog Eludes Capture

Thank-you for keeping us up-to-date with this pooch. We're cheering for him from Monkton.

Posted by Valerie Mullin 1 on 12/30/2015 at 8:32 PM

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