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News - September 28, 2012

Around the block

PACKAGE PINCHERS ... Residents expecting to receive at-home package deliveries are being warned to beware of package thieves. A Crescent Park resident who lives near Dana Street and Newell Road saw two youths steal two packages from her front door Monday, Sept. 24. The thefts occurred within 30 seconds of delivery by United Parcel Service at about 6:30 p.m. One thief wore a brown sweatshirt with a hood covering his face; the other wore a blue sweatshirt with a hoodie. Both wore blue jeans and white T-shirts, according to the resident. Palo Alto police searched for and stopped four boys, but they didn't have the parcels. Neighbors later found one box, still sealed, in the bushes across from the victim's house, and the victim reports that she found the other box ripped open and empty.

IN DOG VS. DONKEY, DOGS OFTEN LOSE ... One of Barron Park's beloved donkeys, Perry, was injured on Sept. 24 after a large dog entered Perry and Niner's pasture and began harassing the donkeys, Barron Park Association Board Member Doug Moran reports. Perry suffered injuries, including a 2-inch-square patch of skin torn from his face and cuts on his front legs. The vet was called promptly; the wounds are likely to heal in about 10 days. The dog's owner stayed until the arrival of head donkey handler Bob Frost. The owner will be paying the vet bill, Moran said. In the past, there have been other reports of other dogs harassing the donkeys. "Please leash your dogs near the donkey pasture, both for the sake of the donkeys and your dog. Realize that a donkey can easily kill a dog. In many places, donkeys are raised to be guard animals for herds of sheep and are very effective in driving off, and occasionally killing, coyotes and marauding dogs and the like," he emailed residents. A pet goose and chickens have been killed and seniors have been knocked down and injured due to off-leash dogs, he said.

BIKE PALO ALTO! ... Bike Palo Alto! is back for its third year on Oct. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. The bicycle fest includes a ride that starts at El Carmelo Elementary School at Bryant Street and Loma Verde Avenue. It also includes bike safety education, free ice cream, YMCA-sponsored children's activities, a free bike-safety check and help with basic maintenance, a free bike map with the routes from Palo Alto to Menlo Park, a raffle and prizes. The event is free and does not require pre-registration. Palo Alto Neighborhood Green Teams and partners with the Mayor's Challenge and Palo Alto YMCA are the sponsors. More information is available at

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Posted by Samantha
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

That is terrible about the donkeys at Barron Park being attacked. What is being done to prevent this again? You can easily get under the fence. What are they doing to prevent more dog attacks?

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I just passed by the donkey enclosure and Perry still looks terrible a month and a half after the dog attack. He was laying down, reluctant to move and appeared more skittish than usual. He had significantly more than a "2-inch patch of skin" missing from his face. He had stitches and stapes all over his body. Go look. Most curious is why nothing appears to have been done to prevent this from happening again. There is no contact phone number at the enclosure, no signs posted about leashing dogs, and there's no additional fencing along the bottom of the fence that might stop a dog from entering the enclosure. Who's on this stuff?

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Posted by Douglas
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Agree with Sam....what can they do to prevent another attack? I walk by these donkeys all the time. This isn't right no one is doing anything about the front fencing. That is an easy fix. I bet all of the neighbors I know would help.

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Posted by Kevin
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm

My understanding was Bob Frost was in charge. Even simple chicken wire in the front bottom would stop this. These are not young animals. It seems no one really cares about them, and yes, as the neighbor said, they need an emergency number. I thought that was mandatory with any animal care. Where is the outrage on this? No one has said anything in the news about this since. I wish the news would revisit.

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Posted by PoorPerry
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Agree with all of the above that:

1) It appears as though no one cares. There's not even shelter for poor Perry. He's missing a considerable amount of his winter coat and it's in the 40's at night. Is anyone monitoring for infection?
2) No action has been taken to prevent another attack.
3) This needs to be re-visited in the news (may I also point out the weird title of this original story, giving the impression that it was dog that was attacked, "IN DOG VS. DONKEY, DOGS OFTEN LOSE ")
4) We, as neighbors, would love to help. Chicken wire is cheap.

Niner is over 30-years old, which is the end of the line for donkeys. Perry is severely injured. Where is the help for our neighborhood friends? This is outrageous.

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Posted by Robert
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I agree with all above, something needs to be done. Too bad those responsible for Perry don't seem to care as much as those of us who walk by and visit him and Niner.

Chicken wire probably wouldn't be strong enough, but that thicker 4"x4" wire should do the trick. I agree totally with Concerned and Kevin - there should be an emergency number posted just in case of situations like this. Perry deserves much better care than this... and where is animal control? Loose dogs should be picked up, especially vicious ones like this.

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Posted by leash them
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 14, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Isn't there a leash law in this park? If not, there should be.

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