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CITY COUNCIL: Pledges to upzone wealthy neighborhoods | PEOPLE'S PARK: Court ruling nears | COVID: What to know | WE'RE HIRING: Public safety reporter

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety, Nature

BPD, city investigate possible pellet shooting of 5 animals

The Berkeley Police, in collaboration with the Berkeley Animal Shelter, are investigating a cruelty to animals case that involved shooting five animals — a feral cat, an opossum and three raccoons — with what appears to be a type of pellet gun. According to BPD, who issued a Nixle alert about the incident at around 2:30 p.m. […]

Posted inCommunity, Nature, Opinion

Op-ed: Truth and transparency of utmost importance at Berkeley Animal Shelter

If you visited Berkeley Animal Care Services (BACS) Sunday, you probably noticed the BPD patrol car in the parking lot. The shelter doesn’t normally require police presence, but over the weekend, a threat was made to burn down the building with staff and volunteers tied up inside. The reason: people were outraged by the euthanasia of […]

Posted inCommunity, Nature

The story of a rescued barber’s dog: Epilogue

Panda, Jessica and Fergus in Colorado. Photo: Goldbrun P. Maynard, Jr. In February this year, we published, in three parts, Leslie Smith’s compelling account of “the barber’s dog,” dubbed Fella. In the final part, Smith drove Fella to Colorado, to join a famed pit bull rescue program. Fella was renamed Fergus and, Smith wrote, “This is where the […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Old Berkeley animal shelter to become live-work units

A photo simulation of live-work units approved at 2013 Second St. Image: Levy Design Partners A photo simulation of live-work units approved at 2013 Second St. Image: Levy Design Partners A new live-work project for artists and craftspeople has been approved in West Berkeley by the zoning board, to take the place of the city’s old municipal […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety, Nature

Two boar heads found in separate locations in Berkeley

A boar’s head was discovered around 11 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Adeline and Emerson. Photo: Anna Abramson A boar’s head was discovered around 11 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Adeline and Emerson. Photo: Anna Abramson Berkeley residents reported finding two boars’ heads and skin pelts in two separate locations Monday morning. The boar-skin […]