Thank you to the city of Yonkers for addressing this issue. And thank you for animal activists from ADOW who work tirelessly on behalf of those who have no voice. I know for a fact that they do this out of love and compassion, and make zero money or donations from this. The poor discarded cats need all the help they can get. View Comment
Nature Advocate, you are seriously misguided and disturbed. Most of us who do rescue work pay out of our own pockets. I don't think you have the slightest clue. We are helping innocent animals who are dumped out on the streets by lazy, ignorant people. View Comment
Thank goodness for this group of concerned citizens. It is really sad what happens to cats out on the street. These animals don't ask to be there. By and large, they are dumped pets who manage to survive and become feral. Yet they are constantly villanized and targeted for all sorts of abuse. They are fodder for every dogfighting ring, neighborhood psycho, demented gangs of kids, and Audubon-cat-hating nuts out there. Not to mention all the other hazards the poor creatures have to deal with. Compassionate people need to take a stand against cruelty, and it is good to see this group forming. View Comment
Health care was a disaster before Obama, and remains a disaster. As a private contractor, I have always purchased my own health insurance. It is absolutely preposterous to pay what I pay---almost 600 a month---yet what choice do I have. And I have a high deductible so most of what i pay is out of pocket. We have a BROKEN health care system. Problem is those in power have cushy, taxpayer funded insurance plans so they will never have to actually experience what the average working slobs do. So they are not motivated to do anything. Let these politicians give up their taxpayer funded retirement, insurance, job security etc. and let them buy on the open market like the rest of us. That will change things real fast.
People love to blame Obama, but please explain how things were not as abyssmal before him? Insurance companies are a useless, greedy, immoral scourge. View Comment
Blame the poor, blame the poor....Yes, those disenfranchised people living on section 8 are ruling things from the bottom. Blaming the poor is exactly what the 1 percent want the working class to do. It deflects attention from them and the fact that they are the cause of this current mess. View Comment
Also the fact that we are bleeding taxes and getting very little in return for it. For the sky high taxes I pay, I'd like free healthcare, affordable child care, and affordable higher education. But, in reality, we have the polar opposite. New York, America...is becoming unlivable for the average person. View Comment
This is a questionable "news" article. That pleasant pooch next door might be public enemy number 1? Really? Was the point of the article to stir up irrational fear? Statistically speaking, there is a far, far greater probability that the pleasant middle aged guy next door is a pedophile or sex offender, but we don't see any articles that begin with that kind of inflammatory sentence.
And linking the fact that all four (yes, only 4) dogs on the dangerous registry are "pit bulls" (whatever that is) to some kind of assumption that this "breed" is dangerous, is even sloppier.
Why is it that when an article deals with animals, anything goes? Would you look at the crime registry, point to the race or gender of the perp, and then deduce that the whole lot of them was dangerous? No. didn't think so. These wild, illogical assumptions only occur with animals. Like the baby raccoons in the news that were assumed to be "rabid" absent any symptoms, merely because they were raccoons. Have we all lost our logic when it comes to animals? Or are we just projecting our fears on to them?
Write an article about the REAL dangers we face in Westchester County. Like the person who was beaten to death in a CVS parking lot in New Rochelle last night. Gun violence. Or the pedophile child porn ring that was just busted up with rabbis and police chiefs. Or the fact that people can't earn a living wage, and million dollar apartments are being built next to homeless shelters in White Plains (stepping over the poor on the way to Whole Foods). Leave the animals alone. View Comment
Exactly. No mention was made of the owners who locked their dog up in a room without any human contact. What kind of people do that? And if they do it to a dog, what kind of parents must they be? No. We only look at the poor animal, who is most often a victim. View Comment
Bravo to Astorino and the Animal Defenders of Westchester for addressing this issue in an intelligent and humane way. And Nature Advocate---get some psychological help. You sound unstable. View Comment
I've seen Mr. Vicenti's presentation about coyotes in the past and it is excellent. This man really knows his stuff---studying wild dogs is his life's work---and he really dispels a lot of fear and misinformation. I highly recommend this event. View Comment
This is funny. Of course it is an indicator of the grim reality out there. But if they don't believe the foreclosure rates, just look in the papers for the increase in suicides. This country is becoming a harsh and unforgiving place to live---and Westchester County---forget about it. If you are not rich, go elsewhere. View Comment
Last year there were many cats poisoned in the Bretton Rd. part of Yonkers and a thousand dollar reward offered by a local animal rights group. Nevertheless, law enforcement did not take it seriously, barely even helping residents pick up dead cats that they found in their yards. Nothing happened, and the nutjob is still on the loose. Clearly, Yonkers is a haven for deranged cat-killers. Let's hope this year, law enforcement acts aggressively.
This is a ritualistic, very public display. This creep wanted others to see it---a mark of a very dangerous individual. Let's see those tax dollars go to good use and find this criminal and lock him up. And get the Bretton Road poisoner too. View Comment
I think they are essential---even predators. Urbanized areas are still ecosystems. People can live around wildlife safely. It just takes education and common sense. We greatly overestimate the danger that wildlife poses. We have become very fearful. People freak out if they see goose poop and think they are going to get sick. People panic if they see a coyote and assume packs of coyotes are going to harm them. None of this is true. Does that mean that there aren't instances of wildlife/human conflict or danger? No. But every single thing we do has risk. We drive cars which is a leading cause of death and we assume that risk because we derive benefit--and so on with our modern life. I would argue that we should assume the miniscule risk of coexisting with nature because the downside is that our planet cannot survive with humans alone. View Comment