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The North End/Waterfront Dog Initiative met on Wednesday, June 23rd, for the first Humane Education Forum on responsible dog ownership. Guest speaker, Dr. Kiko Bracker led a discussion on communicable diseases in companion dogs. Specifically, the focus was on intestinal parasites passed on from other dogs, humans or the surrounding environment. The talk was co-sponsored by the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, the MSPCA and supported by State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and City Councilor Sal LaMattina.

The NE/W Dog Initiative recognizes that as the number of companion dogs increases in our neighborhoods, there is a greater need for education for both dog-owner and non-dog owner residents. Additional forums are planned for the Fall. Ideas for future discussions include dog behavior, children’s activities, etiquette of dog ownership and dog training.

Organizer Maria Ciampa said that everyone wants to immediately “go straight to talking about a dog park” but in the meantime there is a lot of Humane Education that can benefit all residents. Those with interest can contact Maria at mmciampa@comcast.net.

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