From the New York Daily News:
Dogs have reportedly been killing off the squirrels in Washington Square Park.
A series of squirrel maulings in Greenwich Village has pit friends of the furry rodents against what they say are a pair of bloodthirsty pooches.
The clash in Washington Square Park has gotten so heated undercover Parks Enforcement officers are stalking the area to prevent another dogs-versus-squirrels showdown, officials said yesterday.
“There are lots of people in the park who care about the squirrels,” said Vicki Puluso, who witnessed the aftermath of multiple attacks. “Even the chess guys and the drug dealers are outraged.”
A Parks Department spokesman confirmed that a woman was issued a $50 summons on Nov. 12 for letting her dogs run in the park without a leash.
But he would not confirm whether it’s the same woman accused by several squirrel lovers of siccing her dogs on the defenseless little critters.
Jane Rosen, a park regular, said she spotted one of the woman’s dogs scoop up “two or three” squirrels in its mouth while on an off-leash rampage.
“They were being little squirrels, just scampering about and minding their own little squirrel business,” Rosen said. “Then the four-legged terror approached and the woman did absolutely nothing. The dog was biting them, killing them.”
After one of the attacks, some squirrel supporters tailed the owner of the two dogs back to her home, snapping a picture of the woman as she walked a German shepherd and a shepherd mix.
But the woman in the photo was less talkative than a Lhasa apso when the Daily News knocked on her door.
“No, go away, get out of here!” she barked with the two dogs in her apartment.
Anyone who hunts, traps or wounds an animal in a city park can be smacked with a $1,000 fine, according to city parks regulations.
Supporters of the squirrels said they have complained to police, too, although the NYPD could not provide any further details.
“We urge the NYPD to take an active interest in this matter before it escalates with people possibly confronting her and escalating this to an altercation,” said Robert Marino of the New York Council of Dog Owner Groups. “No one wants that.”
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