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July 12 2016

Oh Rats! Pick up After Your Dog

When Chicago Alderman Carol Rameriz-Rosa (35th ward) suggested property owners shuld be fined for not picking up dog poop on their own property. He and Mayor Rahm Emanuel suggested that the proposed ordinance would also help to control rats. I instantly wrote that while most certainly endorse people scooping, that the assertion just isn’t true.…

June 11 2016

Rats Don't Like Dog Poop

Give a rat a choice, and that rat will NEVER eat dog poop. That’s the fact. Ald. Rameriz-Rosa and the Mayor want to make it a crime ($50 to $500 fine) for people who do not pick up in their own backyards. I phoned Alderman Rameriz-Rosa’s office and was told “You’d know when to fine…

May 23 2016

Snakes Rule in a Chicago Neighborhood

Whatever happened to that old adage, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of  their appointed rounds.” In Rogers Park, an urban north side Chicago neighborhood, there’s what some are calling an infestation of garter snakes. And some postal carriers are refusing to deliver the mail…

May 22 2016

Alderman Lopez: Wants a Humane Chicago

The Poop Patrol with Alderman Ray Lopez (15th ward) on WGN Radio. Listen HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World as he expresses his concerns about the new proposed pick up the backyard poop ordinance….but first – The Blue Buffalo Company gifted $6 million for the Clinical Trials Office at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary…

May 16 2016

Steve Dale Makes Rat News

Rats have thrived for eons, and may continue to long past humans are around just because they are pretty smart, and very adaptable. Rats will eat just about everything. Having said that, even rats have their preferences. It’s turns out that, though rats will eat dog feces, they need to be pretty hungry in order…

May 4 2016

National Pet Week

There are more dogs and cats than children in America. At least so far, no politician has forced Americans to own a pet (though that wouldn’t be a bad idea). So, despite the responsibility and the costs – millions choose to share their lives with one or more companion animals. And the bond they share…

April 23 2016

Feral Cats and Rats: John Kass Has a Plan

Chicago Tribune superstar columnist John Kass and I debate on the topic of feral or community cats, as Kass calls me a feral cat denier. And calls my columns refuting his fiction “pithy.” HEAR my conversation with John Kass on the WGN Plus The Chicago Way (my conversation with Mr. Kass kicks off at 22:30) Kass…

April 13 2016

Urban Myth About Dog Feces and Rats

Chicago has won the rat race, named by Orkin (the pest control folks) as the rattiest city in America. And to Mayor Emanuel’s credit, he wants to do something about it. It’s important, this is a public health issue. However, according to various experts – what I’ve been saying for years – dog feces is…

March 25 2016

Chicago Has a Rat Problem, But This is NO Solution

Ignorant might be the best word used to describe the proposal by Alderman Carol Rameriz-Rosa (35) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to deal with the city’s rat problem is to fine people ($50 to $500) for not picking up after dogs in back yards, on their own private property. The assumption is that rats like to…

March 21 2016

Chicago Plans To Fine Dog Owners Who Don't Pick Up in Their Own Yards

I am FOR people picking up after their dogs, scooping the poop on their own property and anywhere the dog deposits. However, the proposal from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Carlos Rameriz-Rosa (35th ward) support fining people $50 to $500 for not picking up after their own dogs. The contention is that the rat poop…

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