Calling All Dogs! JP Dog Costume & Fashion Show Parade on Oct. 28th

Dogs big and small, chubby and tall are all welcome to participate in Jamaica Plain's 14th Annual Dog Parade on Saturday. The parade starts at the First Baptist Church and finishes at the South Street Mall (corner of South Street and Carolina Avenue) with a fashion show judged by emcee Brad Brown of Blue Frog Bakery. The event is sponsored by the JP Business and Professional Association (BAPA) and JP Centre/South Main Streets. The entrance fee for each dog is $10 and all proceeds will benefit the City of Boston Animal Shelter. Registration starts at noon at the First Baptist Church (633 Centre St.), the parade starts at 1 pm and the costume and fashion show begins at 1:30 pm.


Update: Owner of Dog That Died in Hot Car To Be Charged with Animal Cruelty

The owner of a pit bull named Max that died Tuesday in a Chevy pickup truck on Burroughs Street in Jamaica Plain will be charged with one count of animal cruelty and one count of improper confinement. Boston Police from District E-13 have opened an investigation, and the dog's owner, who according to a source is a 31-year-old Boston man, will be summonsed to West Roxbury District Court, according to Boston Police Department spokesperson Jamie Kenneally. City personnel accessed the truck the afternoon of Aug. 1 shortly after 4 p.m. after an employee of Stone Ground Landscaping noticed a dog in distress in the truck and called 911, according to Boston's Inspectional Services Department. Boston Police contacted the city's Animal Care and Control Division to meet them there.


Dog Dies in Jamaica Plain After Being Left in Hot Car; Criminal Charges Possible

Boston Police and Inspectional Services are investigating the death of a pit bull that had been left in a hot car on Burroughs Street in Jamaica Plain Tuesday afternoon. The dog was rescued but died shortly after being taken to the MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center. “His temperature on arrival was 109.7, which is as high as the thermometer will go, so it could have been higher than that,” said Boston Animal Care and Control Director Amanda Kennedy, according to CBSBoston. An autopsy of the dog is expected to take place Wednesday to confirm the cause of death. Inspectional Services said they quickly responded to a call about the dog in the car around 3 p.m. Investigators have not released the dog owner's name or whether he is also the owner of the vehicle.


DCR Scraps Proposed Anson Street Dog Park

Fido, Rex and Cleo won't be getting their own spot on Anson Street anytime soon after the Department of Conservation and Recreation decided not to move forward with its proposed dog park. The DCR had proposed converting a small street hockey rink on the Southwest Corridor Park near the Forest Hills MBTA station into a dog park, but abutters pushed back on the idea, leading to DCR to look for other options, reported the Jamaica Plain Gazette. There was a public meeting on April 5th about the proposed dog park on Anson Street. And while abutters did not support the proposal, the meeting was also not well attended, City Councilor Matt O'Malley told the Gazette. O'Malley has suggested there may be more suitable spots on the Southwest Corridor for a dog park.


Trout-tastic! Kids, Community Members, Politicians Restock Jamaica Pond

State officials, Jamaica Plain schoolchildren, politicians and other community members gathered at Jamaica Pond Thursday morning for the annual stocking of trout for springtime fishing. Governor Charlie Baker shared a video of school kids getting a hands-on education during a fishy field trip. Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O'Malley got in on the action at one of his favorite community events. It is not known whether Gov. Baker took his clothes to a local dry cleaner afterwards... State Rep. Liz Malia (D-Jamaica Plain) helped a few Curley School students get involved.