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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 11,2011 Page5 You can email your questions to to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. This article should inter- est ALL my readers and es- pecially my pooch friends and their human compan- ions. "What you don't know, you should know," it is im- portant to protect your pet. My human companion took a walk to City Hall Animal Control and Animal Rescue League of Boston to learn more. Pet Peeve No. I -- Dogs that don't accessorize. Keep your pet on a leash its safe and it's the law. When your pooch is off your property, it must be on a leash. The purpose of Mas- sachusetts General Laws, Chapter 140, Section 173 and City Ordinance 16-1.9 is intended to protect people from roaming dogs. When not confined to your property either inside the house or in a secured fenced yard, your dog must be under control. A responsible dog owner does not allow their pet to be a nuisance to their neighbors, chasing cars and children, getting into trash, not to mention soiling their neigh- bors' yards. While enjoying our city parks with our pets the same rules apply. We must respect the rights of those with whom we share the City Parks in order to ensure a clean and safe environment. It is important to remember that the dog owner or keeper is responsible for any dam- age, accidents and bites caused by their pet. By not letting your pet run loose you can help prevent un- wanted breeding and protect your pet from getting lost, stolen or injured. Pet Peeve No. 2 m Step- ping into a sticky situation Clean up after your pet, it's courteous and it's the law. City Code requires dog own- ers to remove and properly dispose of any feces left by their dogs. This ordinance covers waste left by your dog on sidewalks, streets, parks and in your neighbor's yard. When walking your dog, the law requires you to be prepared for such occur- rences and be equipped with a bag or some other means of feces removal. After it is removed, it is important to dispose of the feces properly, either in a toilet or in a trash container. (After being se- cured in a plastic bag.) These laws are intended to protect the public from potential hazardous health conditions and prevent en- vironmental pollution caused by dog waste. Please remember ALL PIT BULLS must be muzzled when outside. It is a LAW. We hear more and more complaints about dogs off a leash and not enough responsible pet owners pick- ing up after their pet. It is your responsibility as a dog owner to keep the sidewalks and parks CLEAN ... IT'S YOUR ANIMAL, PICK IT UP. RESPECT YOUR NEIGH- BORS. If you have a neigh- bor that does not have their dog or dogs on a leash then call animal control. Why should you get upset if a dog owner cannot respect the law? Why should dogs get into a fight because an irre- sponsible dog owner has their dogs off a leash? Keep our children safe. Keep your pets on a leash. For more information con- tact animal control. That's all for now. PLEASE pick up after your petI Quote: Dogs: One dog barks at something, the rest bark at him. (~()N~OI.,~'t'('I (.}F, NI'~|c~I~F, I)'I't'AI.I~t ]t )~'I'()N OMITES STAFF SERGEANT SALVATORE A. GIUNTA Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta On Wednesday, Janu- ary 26, 2011, a reception was held at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. in honor of Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta. Sgt. Giunta is the most recent recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. In October 2007, Sergeant Giunta was on pa- trol in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan, when the team he was commanding was ambushed by a well- armed and well-coordinated enemy force. While under intense fire, Giunta sprinted towards cover and engaged the enemy. Seeing that one of his men had been wounded, he exposed him- self to withering fire, raced toward his friend, helped him to cover and adminis- tered first aid. While he was ta.king care of his fellow soldier, Giunta himself was hit twice by enemy fire, luckily his body armor pro- tected him. While still under heavy fire, he tried to reach other men of his patrol, who had been separated from his squad. He then realized that another one of his fellow soldiers was missing. On his own initiative Sgt. Giunta advanced to a point where he saw two enemy insur- gents carrying away a wounded American soldier. He immediately opened fire on the enemy combat- ants; he killed one and wounded the other. Upon reaching the wounded sol- dier, he provided medical aid and safety until his squad caught up and secured the area. Because of Sgt. Giunta's extraordinary courage, hero- ism, decisive leadership and selflessness, Sgt. Giunta became the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam conflict. Mr. Michael Giunta of West Roxbury was present at the ceremony honor- ing Sgt. Salvatore Giunta. Mr. Giunta received his invitation to attend the ceremony from Senator Scott Brown's office. Senator Brown personally welcomed Mr. Giunta to Washington and assigned several mem- bers of his staff to escort him around the Capitol while he was in Washington to attend the ceremony. Mr. GiunLa brought the greetings, congratulations, best wishes and the sense of pride that the entire Giunta family of Massachu- setts feels due to the cour- age, valor and heroism that Salvatore demonstrated on the field of battle. His actions reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Army and those who bear the Giunta name. Staff Sergeant Giunta is the latest of a long line of Italian-American sol- diers, sailors, airmen and marines, dating back to the Civil War, who have been recipients of the Medal of Honor. Another Massachusetts Giunta, Staff Sergeant John Giunta of Townsend, is Currently serving h~is second tour of duty in Afghanistan.