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I was born and raised in Boston. It's my city. I have left it and moved other places but its my home and always will be. I live 10 miles from finish line. I work a mile from it. My family was between the 2 explosions waiting for my cousin to finish racing. My cousin had raced last year in unseasonal 84+ degrees and was hoping to beat her time, even though she wasn't training to run this year. At the last minute, Friday before the marathon, a number came up from someone who was sick she decided to try and beat her time. They stopped her at Kenmore, a mile from the finish.

I complained every year about being invaded by marathon runners because they always flock to the Italian North End of Boston to get their carbs after they race and I usually have to work the holiday, Patriots day is a big one for us because of the marathon. Not for me though cause I'm always working it. I'm just rambling. I'm lucky. I don't personally know anyone injured by the bombs.

The crime scene is 15 blocks, give or take. Its in a typical Boston neighborhood, one street might be businesses and restaurants shops on the bottom and residences above. One might be all residences or office space. These 15 blocks cover all income levels from Tom Brady to the homeless dunkin donuts guy I give change too.

A few hours ago I heard an announcement with a hotline to call for anyone who has pets in the closed crime scene can now call to arrange meeting with a official liaison who will take you to your home to retrieve your pets and escort you back out of the crime scene. These pets have now been alone since most people went to watch the marathon or went to work, if they had to work like I did, since Monday. 3 days they haven't been able to go home!! How horrible for all the pets in that huge area first to have the explosions and then to be left alone for so long. What I don't get is why not have a liaison after the incident there for people to wear booties and coveralls and go down an alley to the back entrance and get their pets, stay of the main streets. Or have people give them their keys and addresses and go get the pets for them. I would have been a wreck knowing my dog and cat were sitting waiting for me to come home for 3 days. Realistically I know that pets will always come last when trying to investigate loss of lives. I know everyone did everything that they could and I am glad owners can now go get their pets and hope they are all ok.

I hope I don't offend anyone with questioning about pets during such a tragedy. We have had no tv and nothing but interviews and stories since the attack. Its all i have seen or heard or talked about since 2:50pm on Monday. I just honestly wonder with all the amazing people who ran towards the bombs to help those that were injured, followed by amazing preparation by all our hospitals (we have the most hospitals per capita, per mile than anywhere in the world) who were expertly prepared for such a tragedy if maybe just MAYBE they could add something about how to help people's pets to comfort their humans in such a time of angst before hours turn into days.

This video of the bruins game sums up how awesome my city is. No matter how much is thrown at us we come together when it's needed. I love being a Masshole!

http://video.bruins.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=0&id=240032&cmpid=embed-share-video

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Monday night my heart strings where breaking as I watched the news and learned of this tragedy. Honestly it still brings tears to my eyes knowing that people in Boston, and all over from family and friends are dealing with such heart break. I personally don't know anybody from the area, but like most when it hits home like this we are all effected.

Though I'm a huge animal lover, that thought never crossed my mind. But you bring up a good point. On top of tragedy those people now have to worry about their fur babies. I would be such a wreck! You're right though animals are always thought of last, though they are always thought of in such situations, IMO. Sad, but it's the way it is. I too, wish something could be done to instantly reunite the pets with their owners.. but at the same time, I don't think they were in any immediate danger being left in the house for 3 days. Unless you have a pet that is on some sort of medication. Your house would be left a mess, yes. But when you're talking about an act of terrorism, I understand for the saftey of all why they wouldn't want anyone going in and out of the area for any reason.
 

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Very true I know three days shouldn't kill anyone and I do know its not a priority of course. I just wish the news would STFU and only come back on when they find who did this.

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WOW 3 days. I would be livid. I know pet may not be priority, but these are living animals and mean the world to many people. Not everyone has unlimited food and water out. 3 days without water could very well kill an animal.
 

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WOW 3 days. I would be livid. I know pet may not be priority, but these are living animals and mean the world to many people. Not everyone has unlimited food and water out. 3 days without water could very well kill an animal.
:goodpost: all of us who don't free feed or have a feeding schedule would be going crazy. Poor animals.
 

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Oh wow I hadn't even considered that there are people who haven't been able to go home yet. Holy crap. My dogs are crated when we're out and they have a feeding schedule....can a dog live for 3 days with no water???
 

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OK THANK GOODNESS MY DOG PEEPS COME THROUGH!!!!!! lol

EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE is looking at me like I'm crazy when I talk about this being so sad for the animals and their owner. "Its a dog they cant tell time" is the excuse most frequently said. "They are FINE its ONLY THREE DAYS not like they could die." How the fuck do YOU know? After 9/11 I didnt hear anything about this either and I KNOW it must have been an issue. Based on my reactions I feel I cant even bring it up but now that I know you all feel the way I do it gives me more motivation to look into it.

Especially if youre like me and kennel them when gone. In reference to above post. I probably would have just gone anyway and got my two. No way would I let them be without and crated for 3 days.

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As far as busting through the Uzi's and Police barricades getting arrested isn't gonna help your pet out either, what if you dont make bail and now you pets are in there alone for longer. Just want you to think about it now so you don't do this if you're ever in the situations girl!
 

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Just saw they are trying to get something going in my state anyway. Good to see. Just doesn't mentioned TIMES. I went to a Lobby Day meeting at the MSPCA and the head lady even thought they did a great job and were fast. She said anything more than 5 days is unacceptable most animals survive over 5 days without water, if emergency arises. Not talking about meds of course. Didn't realize it was so long.

An Act ensuring the safety of people with pets in disasters

S.1172

Why is this bill needed?
During a disaster or emergency requiring evacuation of our state's citizens, "failure to evacuate" becomes a critical public safety issue. Events of recent years, and a growing body of scientific literature, support this view and define the reasons for the resistance of citizens to voluntarily evacuate. Most frequently cited among these reasons, is the fact citizens will not evacuate without being assured that their animals will be safe. In the past, essentially no provisions were made for animals to evacuate with their owners and animal owners were directed to leave their animals behind. Many chose to stay behind with their animals, endangering both themselves and first responders. With more than half of Mass. households having pets, this can be a significant number of people. We have seen this happen during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and most recently during Superstorm Sandy, as well as in other large-scale disasters. History has demonstrated that those who do leave their animals behind most frequently suffer tragic consequences, compounding the emotional toll on already distressed disaster victims.

What would this bill do?

· improve public safety; we keep people safe by keeping their animals safe

· require emergency plans to address household pets and service animals before, during and after an emergency or disaster (including evacuation and sheltering)

· address the needs of displaced citizens with household pets during disasters helps to mitigate the public health issue of evacuation failure related to animal ownership

The bill simply amends Section 1 and 13 of Special Law Chapter S31 to include in the definition of "civil defense" the evacuation of household pets and service animals and to require each political subdivision of the Commonwealth that establishes a local organization for civil defense in accordance with the state civil defense plan and program to ensure that any emergency plan of operations shall include strategies to support the needs of people with household pets and the needs of household pets under their care, including service animals. Such local organization for civil defense shall take appropriate steps to educate the public regarding the resources available in the event of an emergency and the importance of emergency preparedness planning.
 
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