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Brookline to hold off on removing signs for author's missing dog

Posted by Brock Parker  January 11, 2013 04:21 PM

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Signs for the author Dennis Lehane's missing beagle were attached to poles on every corner at the intersection of Harvard Street and Aspinwall Avenue Friday. Photo by Brock Parker.

Brookline is going to sit on an order to remove numerous fliers posted around town for author Dennis Lehane's missing dog.

Town Administrator Melvin Kleckner said in an email Friday evening that with the offer by the Animal Rescue League to facilitate, he’s directed Brookline's Department of Public Works to hold off on taking down the signs “in the hopes that a more coordinated and reasonable approach on posting signs can be worked out.”

In a statement Friday, Lehane had said he would comply with and earlier request by the town that the fliers for the missing dog be taken down.

“I can see the town of Brookline’s point,” Lehane said. “And there’s no reason we should expect preferential treatment because of my last name.”

Lehane, the author of New York Times bestseller “Mystic River” has been posting signs all over Coolidge Corner and Brookline Village since his four-year-old black and tan beagle jumped a fence in Brookline on Christmas Eve and went missing.

The Boston Herald reported Friday that Brookline’s Department of Public works asked that hundreds of fliers Lehane has put up in the town be taken down because a local bylaw prohibits the signs. The town’s Public Works Commissioner Andy Pappastergion told the Herald that the town turned its eyes from the signs at first, but it has now been two weeks.

Lehane has offered to name a character in his next book after whoever finds his dog and tips have been posted on his Facebook page Finding Tessa, for approaching lost dogs.

The author said Brookline and the city of Boston have been nothing but supportive during the search for the dog and he thanks them wholeheartedly.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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