Saturday, December 17, 2005
Homeless Man's Dog Taken Away By Humane Society
'Bones,' officials clash again
Homeless man's dog seized by animal welfare authorities
BY JASON HOPPIN Pioneer Press
"Bones" is a fixture on Rice Street.
Like the looming bell tower of St. Bernard's Catholic Church or the aroma of marinara drifting from Mama's Pizza, the clatter from the caravan of carts that carry Bones' belongings partly defines this stretch of St. Paul.
He's homeless and seems to prefer it that way. His only companion is -- or was -- a dog, but animal control officials say they can't allow that in Minnesota's harsh winter.
Last week, Bones' dog was taken from him. He's free to show up for a city hearing Monday to ask for it back, but no one really expects him to be there.
Some local businessmen are outraged about the seizure, and Humane Society officials confess mixed feelings. But Bones' treatment of his dogs has been a problem for several years, they say, and the health of animals is the important thing.
"I don't want to hear about it," Bones said earlier this week, leaning against the Tschida Bakery building on Rice Street, his beard touched with frost.
"Gone and gone. It's done," he grumbled, and walked off down the street.
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