Washington Square Park Serial Squirrel Killer Remains at Large
Squirrels. Yes, they're rodents, but they're also rather cute. And: Not rats. Not that we want to cuddle with them or bring them into our homes. Still, the news that a woman (described as a "willowy brunette" by AnimalTourism.com) is allowing her dogs to kill squirrels in Washington Square Park -- at least five of them have turned up dead -- is sad. And not very Thanksgiving-ish! Nor appetizing, no matter how much time we've spent in the South.
According to the site, "Everyone from the wildlife rehabilitator community to dog people, Bernie Goetz (subway vigilante/squirrel lover), to Parks Enforcement Police is now on the lookout" for the squirrel-hating lady and her dogs, a German shepherd and a shepherd mix. They think her name may be Lena, and she may live on Barrow Street.
This will break your heart, if you have one:
One squirrel with two broken legs was found near the Hangman's Tree and taken to a veterinarian that specializes in wildlife. "He has two broken legs, which Dr. [Anthony] Pilny set. "With luck, he'll have use of at least three, but is going to have a hard recovery."
If you've seen "Lena" or anyone kill a squirrel in the park, call park officials at 212-387-7676.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in New York, delivered to your inbox.