Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Squirrel Killer Redux

We found some interesting links. Lina Macri owns a company called The Dog and Pony Show

This link gives us some insight into her professional life:

Her twitter tweets and a Facebook page that she set up for a sick puppy both portray her as an animal lover:



Based on these new findings, I'm in the process of re-evaluating my theory about Lina. Prior to this I thought she was either insane or psychotic or both. Now after reading her resume, I think she is not only sane but quite accomplished. And she probably sees herself as an animal lover (unless the bid to raise money for the sick puppy is a total fraud). My guess is that she considers squirrels to be on a rung of animal life lower than that of her pets. Her rationale may be that if she feeds her dogs canned horse meat, why not give them fresh squirrel meat as well?

At Peter Cooper Village, I sometimes see dog owners stalking squirrels with their leashed dogs. They'll let their dogs take them over to a tree where they seem to enjoy watching them terrorize the squirrels, who are usually scrambling up the tree to get away. They always have smiles on their faces, as if to say, isn't that cute? If you talk to them, they'll say that they are not doing any harm, since the dog is securely on its leash. They seem to think that the dog has a right to this kind of sport and apparently enjoy contemplating what might happen if the dog wasn't on the leash.

I'm thinking that maybe Lina believes her dogs need that kind of exercise (or maybe training), that they need a kill, and that squirrels being somehow lower animals, are fair game. Speaking of game, maybe hunting squirrels, like rabbits and hares, is part of the culture of her country of origin. Anyone for scoiattolo in istufato?

Maybe she thinks we're the ones who are nuts!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

squirrel killer stalked by media

The woman called "Lina" who with her two german shepherds has been stalking and killing squirrels in Washington Square Park continues to be a hot item with the New York press. Over the last several days the story has been on Channel 2 News and Fox TV, as well as on several radio stations and in print. Here's a second Daily News article:

And an article in the Village Voice:

Reporters and paparazzi are continuing to track Lina in hopes of catching her "in the act". But enough has already been witnessed to convince Park officials and Police of what she's been up to. Seems that she has a date in criminal court in December, and we just heard she's been banned from the Leroy Street (Hudson River Park) dog run, having been ticketed more than once in the process. Be on the lookout: she could show up in a park near you. If you see her letting her dogs off their leashes call the Parks Dept at: 212-387-7676
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bloodthirsty pooches eyed in vicious maulings of Greenwich Village squirrels.

The story broke in today's Daily News:

There were also stories on WCBS News and NBC TV News at 6pm.

But here at The New York Squirrel we had the scoop almost a month ago: http://thenewyorksquirrel.blogspot.com/2010/11/squirrel-killer-on-loose.html

Thanksgiving Day

Meanwhile, she has not been resting during the Thanksgiving holiday. She was seen in the park several times subsequent to her Nov. 12 ticketing for violating the off-leash law. One night she was seen at about 8 pm by the chess players there. A second sighting was on Thanksgiving Day, shortly before 1 pm when her dogs attacked three squirrels. Two were gashed but able to run away and the third died immediately.

One witness  said he saw her dog kill a squirrel about 1 1/2 months ago. He thought it was an accident and started talking to her and said she told him viciously to get away or she would sic the dog on him! He thought she was crazy and quickly left.

Another witness saw her dog attacking a squirrel. He said the dog was extremely fast. The squirrel "was boogying, got about 5 feet up the tree and the dog just got its tail, yanked it down, and then gave it one killing bite and let it go." This guy said there was a police car there with uniformed cops and several Parks people in green uniforms. Two of the Parks people in green uniforms were black guys and the woman allegedly said to them: "What are you doing here? You should be up in Harlem!"

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Squirrel Killer Caught

Unfortunately she was just given a criminal summons for having her dogs off their leashes. NYPD said there's no chance of pressing animal cruelty charges unless intent can be proved. She says the dogs are service dogs, and claims she suffers seizures, and that's why she drops the leashes. But witnesses watched her let the dogs loose. It was quite a scene. She tried to say they hit and threatened her, but luckily there were lots of witnesses to the confrontation, and also to the squirrel deaths. People need to be on the lookout for her because there's a good chance she will strike again, if not in WSP, perhaps in another park. This is a picture of her and her dogs. 
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Smells like Squirrel Spirit

Smells Like Squirrel Spirit

On November 6, I attended the latest
exhibition, opening and performance
by American artist William Earl Kofmehl III

which coincided with the inaugural reception
of the new
Lombard-Freid Projects space
at 518 West 19th street

When I first arived I could see it was going to be a nutty scene, but I soon realized that it was also a tour de force.

There were ancillary themes of knights, narcissism and old New York, but the main focus of the show was squirrelsessence of squirrel - eau de squirrel - raised to the level of art.

Whence came this inspiration? From what I heard, William Kofmehl, the artist, met Bernie Goetz in a park one spring day, played with the squirrels and then just got it -- he flipped for squirrels.

The centerpiece was this giant wooden squirrel sculpture, which people milled around and were able to walk through, which served as a trojan horse for the artist who lurked inside, emerging only at the end of the show, to say goodnight!

He was actually not lurking, as you could hear his voice coming from the squirrel eye microphones throughout the evening!

And not to worry, with a little help from his friends, arias were being sung and great passages from literature being recited alongside  his own contributions.

And then there was Bernie Goetz with his pet squirrel in tow, who would help to make the evening complete. 

Golden Squirrels

And the piece de resistance --  in lieu of his physical presence, a bronze of the artist sitting on a park bench surrounded by squirrels.

check the red ponytail.

how about a corn cob tail!

Watching Bernie and the artist play with squirrels on video.
Here's one of the videos. 

     Bernie and his squirrel meet and greet. 

Man puts hand in carrier to feel squirrel.
But is there an actual squirrel in there?

              Yep, there is!


Viewing the fascinating canvases embroidered by women of Costa Rica, where the artist lives for part of the year. The canvases, many of which feature squirrels, are for sale.

The exhibit is a triumphal recognition of squirrels and we are indebted to the artist for taking time to focus his genius on our furry friends and shine his brilliant beam of light on them. 

This man caught the Squirrel Spirit!!!

The exhibit can be viewed  until Dec. 21 at:
Lombard-Freid Projects
518 West 19th Street.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Squirrel Killer Still at Large

The WSP squirrel with the broken legs died overnight. It's not known if  his injuries were caused by this woman, but she and her dog have caused many other deaths.  Possibly the dog caught him.

It seems that she is hated in the WSP dog run; there are plenty of people who would like to see her brought to justice.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Dear Father Knickerbocker, I Just Googled You

This amazing squirrel sculpture will be a centerpiece of the inaugural show that opens on Saturday Nov. 6, at the Lombard-Freid Projects in Chelsea. The show includes a video interview with Bernie Goetz, and 150 canvases embroidered by a group of Costa Rican women commissioned by the artist, William Earl Kofmehl III, who lives and works between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and San Luis, Costa Rica.

The wooden sculpture of the giant squirrel becomes a backdrop for a series of performances enacted by the artist and his cast. Characters played by various members of the Kofmehl’s family and friends perform a script that conflates the Greek myth of Narcissus with the artist’s own Wikipedia explorations. Read More

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Squirrel Killer on the Loose

This time we're not talking about a hawk. We're not even talking about a dog. We're talking about a human being, a fellow New Yorker.

We just heard that there is a woman who allows her dog (a German Shepherd mix) to hunt and kill squirrels in Washington Square Park on the NE side. Quite a few squirrels; five that our informants know of in the past few weeks. The dog enjoys killing and they think she does too.

They just discovered this a few days ago and sent a complaint to the current Park Manager. Then yesterday as they were walking through the park, they came upon people gathered around a dying young squirrel. Some of the chess players there saw the dog attack. The woman and dog had just left the park.

Another squirrel was located at the base of the Hangman's Tree that night. He has two broken legs, which have been set by a vet. With luck, he'll have use of at least three, but is going to have a hard recovery. It's not known if he was chased by the same dog, but it's likely.

There are people watching out for her now, and working on getting more information. She appears in the park around 8 am, and then around 5 pm. Yesterday she varied her routine. She's young, medium height, slim, w/long dark shiny hair. She wears sunglasses.
Ralph Musolino has asked people to call the Parks Office at 212.387.7676 if she's seen. They want her apprehended for animal abuse.

black baby found dead

After a cold, wet and stormy 24 hours, a black baby was found dead on the ground not too far from the tree stump pictured below. It must have died from exposure. It was probably unable find a dry  hole to snuggle into during the storm. It may have been pushed out by bigger squirrels if there was not enough room.  No room at the inn? Um... no inn?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

the autumn leaves

In a final affront, they are taking away the leaves - the materials squirrels use for building their nests. First they've been chopping down trees, including one of the biggest ones that was used by squirrels for many homes. Think of the equivalent of an entire apartment building.  This is no joke in winter when the freezing winds blow and the snow and sleet pour down.

Now they're blowing all the leaves into piles and bagging them up to be carted away. Not a peep from the squirrels of course, as they watch and wonder. Sadly, they have no voice, and few speak for them. Of course there are already plenty of nests that have been built by the industrious creatures, but strong winds mean nests must  constantly to be refurbished. And with what, if there are no leaves left? It's sad because leaves are not only  decorative but they also serve the purpose of nourishing the soul-- oops I meant the soil --  but I'll leave that typo in. It almost seems like the workmen there are making work for themselves, for no good purpose.

Instead of picking up leaves, why don't they pick up trash? The park is looking more and more like a garbage dump these days. Bernie goes around picking up trash whenever he comes over there now.

On top of this there is now at least one hawk in residence at PCV. And there's something else that I neglected to mention at the time, which is brought to mind by the hawk. About a month ago they started clearing out all the bushes and hedges at PCV. In some cases they chopped down bushes as if they were trees, leaving big bare areas of ugly stumps. Where there used to exist plenty of cover for squirrels, these bare landscapes aid the hawks and make squirrels feel more exposed as well as look particularly ugly. Why have they done this?

Monday, November 1, 2010

the good news and the bad news

First the good news: Bernie found Littleguy! Then he brought him over for a celebratory visit -- lots and lots of nuts and water -- he was ravenous and thirsty after being outside for four days.  Here we're getting a glimpse of his glorious chompers: (click to enlarge)

Open wide!

Now for the bad news: Another hawk sighting at PCV. Looks like they're back for the winter. Today the hawk was swooping low along the hedges (where squirrels like to hide). Then it flew from one end of PCV to the other. On the move.

El Día de los Muertos

In memory of Dolly - the halloween squirrel - one year ago today

Dolly's skull has fallen out of her tree. It has no doubt rolled out so that we'll remember her on this coming Day of the Dead. Her tail is still sticking out the hole, and has become as brittle as a witch's broom.

A curious squirrel sniffs Dolly's skull:

The story of Dolly:

Hello Dolly!
Goodbye Dolly?
R.I.P. Dolly