Acton, MA Fights Pet Owner Over “Lost Dog” Signs

| by Michael Allen

In Acton, Massachusetts, pet owner Pat Panek has been putting up "lost dog" posters for her missing husky, Bridgett, but has been facing pushback from officials and residents, who are threatening to take down the signs, and in some cases doing so, because they violate town by-laws.

Panek says: “It makes me really angry and I don’t understand it. Frankly, I just can’t wrap my brain around it.”

.Panek has a Facebook page about Bridgett, and hands out detailed flyers, brochures, and business cards with information and photos about the dog.

There have been close to 30 sightings so far, including one Friday morning. Panek has them all plotted on Google maps: “This dog has been everywhere! But now she’s kind of near Pratt’s Brook Conservation land in Acton, so that’s really nice."

Mike Gowing, the Chairman of the Acton Board of Selectmen, says that four months of signs is long enough: “That’s unreasonable at this point, because considering at it was over the winter, this dog’s either been taken in by somebody, or it’s gone. If you’ve lost your dog, how long is it that you should have the ability to put up signs that say, ‘Where’s my dog’? When do you call that?”

Panek responds: “I promise to take them down as soon as she is located, but please leave them up because this is a surefire, best way to get her home and get her home quickly.”