Monday, May 5, 2014

Animals vs Cars Roundup

-In England, one neighborhood suffering a months-long epidemic of flat tires finally exposed the criminal by installing TV cameras - and by paying closer attention to what was going on than the human who was on the scene every time:
Recent analysis of the CCTV has revealed the culprit, a border collie named ‘Jess’.

The dog, who is owned by someone in the local area has been using her daily walk to bite the two nearside tyres of cars she comes across. This caused a slow puncture and by the morning the tyre is flat.

PC Simon Amos, who solved the mystery, said: “These incidents have been happening for the last six months, with many residents being very upset at the thought of someone targeting them and causing the damage deliberate.

“The dog had been seen approaching the cars and many believe that she was just sniffing at the tyres. It isn’t until you take a closer look , that you can see her biting the tyres."
-In Florida, peacocks are attacking cars - and have been doing it for years:
Jade Hays couldn't believe her eyes when she saw a bird going bonkers over her car. The peacock caused hundreds of dollars worth of damage. "For all that to happen -- on my new car. It upset me. I actually called my mom in tears," she said.

Neighbors say the peacocks also break rip through pool cages and damage homes.
And here's a warning if you're in the market for a used peacock - make sure you inquire about whether it has a record:
Over the past couple of years, animal control has removed a dozen peacocks from this area.  They are sold at auctions.
-Finally, in Maine, the problem is goats:
A pair of Richmond goats found themselves on the wrong side of the law recently after attacking a car on Marston Road.
The car owner reported the apparently unprovoked attack around 6:30 p.m. on April 19, said Richmond Police Chief Scott MacMaster.
“Apparently the goats got loose from the neighbors’ and were climbing all over his car,” MacMaster said.
As we've seen again and again on this blog, officials washed their hands of the situation, despite the fact that these animals are repeat offenders:
“The vehicle owner was going to get estimates and give it to the neighbor and hopefully take care of it civilly,” MacMaster said.
No charges have been filed against the goat owner or wayward goats.
The goats are familiar to local law enforcement.
“They have been known to get loose in the past,” MacMaster said.


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