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Hunting, NYC style: Owners set dogs on alley rats

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#1 concert andy

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 02:48 PM






NEW YORK - Consider it a scrappy, streetwise cousin of mannerly countryside fox hunts. A loosely knit band of dogs and their owners periodically goes rat-hunting in gritty Manhattan alleys.


The terrain is far from the European farms and fields where many of the dogs' ancestors were bred to scramble after vermin and foxes. But their masters say it's just as viable an exercise for the dogs' skills.


On a recent outing, seven dogs caught about 13 rats after bounding over trash piles and poking into crevices.


City officials have tried various tactics to rout rats, but the terrier forays are an unofficial undertaking. The Health Department declined to comment on them.


#2 hippieskichick

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 02:51 PM

Awesome, except I'd be concerned about my puppers getting some crazy shit from the rats.

#3 jnjn

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 05:50 PM

my neighbors dog once caught & killed a mouse roaming the courtyard when i lived in manhattan.  us neighbors that happened to be there when it happened were thrilled...the owner of the dog, not so much :lol:  she just started freaking out & crying about her dog having rabies.  the dog was fine, btw