Animal Control Investigating Dead Cat Found in Bag in Charles River

The Charles River near Watertown Square. A resident walking along the Charles River in Watertown spotted a trash bag with a dead cat inside, Watertown’s Animal Control Officer reported. The bag was discovered on Thursday, Jan. 30, but someone walking on the California Street side of the river. The bag was weighed down by a rock, according to Karen O’Reilly, Watertown’s Animal Control Officer.

Watertown Police Seek Info on Person Who Shot Goose with Dart

Watertown Police seek information on who ever shot a goose with a blow dart last month. 

In mid-May, Watertown Police and the Watertown Animal Control officer received a report of an injured bird found near the Charles River in the area of the Dealtry Memorial Pool, owned by the DCR. “Thanks to our Watertown, MA Animal Control, and the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the goose was captured and is recovering at Tufts Wildlife Clinic,” Watertown Police said on its Facebook page. Police suspect the person shot the goose from one of the public docks along the Charles River. “We ask anyone with information to contact Karen O’Reilly, Watertown, MA Animal Control at 617-972-6446. We also ask for your help spreading the word, be observant if you frequent that area, and report any criminal or suspicious activity,” Watertown Police announced.

Dogs Get More Places to Roam, More Rules for Cats in New Animal Ordinance

Dogs will be allowed to be in more parks in Watertown, while owners have outdoor cats will have more rules to follow in the new Animal Ordinance approved by the Town Council Tuesday night. Under the previous rules no dogs were allowed in Watertown’s parks, except for Whitney Hill, but that changes in the new ordinance, said Animal Control Officer Karen O’Reilly. See the new Animal Ordinance by clicking here. “It allows dogs on leashes on marked or paved walking paths in Whitney Hill Park, Saltonstall Park, Linear Park, Filippello Park, Howe Park and the park behind 552 Main Street,” O’Reilly said. Councilor Angeline Kounelis said she wanted to make sure it was clear that not all walking areas are open for walking dogs, particularly the walking track at Filippello Park and track at Victory Field.

Watertown Animal Control Takes In Dog Tied Up Along Charles River

Do you recognize this cute little dog? He was discovered tied up along the Charles River, near the Dealtry Pool, and Animal Control Officer Karen O’Reilly is hoping to find someone who knows him. “His leash was attached to a tree by the Charles River near Dealtry pool and luckily he was found by a couple who reside at the nearby apartment building after they heard him barking,” O’Reilly said. “If anyone recognizes this dog, I am asking that they contact me.” O’Reilly said the dog is an older male, and needs some veterinary care, but is “sweet and good natured.”

Wildlife Having a Tough Time Dealing With Snowy Winter

The dense covering of snow on lawns, plants and other areas has made it difficult for some wildlife to get a meal, and some are suffering. 

Watertown Animal Control Officer Karen O’Reilly said she had seen unusual behavior by wildlife around town because the snow had covered a valuable food source. “We are seeing many animals, such as skunks, who are wandering around during the day desperately looking for food,” O’Reilly said. “They are traveling up and down plowed/ shoveled paths such as the sidewalks and streets as they are the easiest paths to take.” Geese have also struggled this winter. They depend heavily on grass for food, O’Reilly said.