A week full of exotic animal news and escapes in Pittsburgh — hi Chomp! 👋 — is ending with talk of, you guessed it, new restrictions on exotic pets in the city.
City Councilmember Darlene Harris is working on an exotic pet ordinance in Pittsburgh that would require owners to apply for a permit or license and ensure proper enclosures and habitats, WTAE reports.
In case you missed it, authorities removed 33 animals and reptiles from a Beechview man’s home Tuesday after one of his four alligators escaped. That gator was one of three caught in the city in less than a month.
The city does not currently have an exotic pet ordinance, and given the events of the last week, lawmakers think it may be time to change that.
In other news…
Come for an update on the plan to convert the long-vacant Allegheny City Stables on the North Side into apartments, stay for the photo of Mayor Bill Peduto leading Councilmember Darlene Harris (one of his fiercest critics) on a horse. The project, more than a decade in the making, will breathe new life into the stables, the last municipal building of Allegheny City. It also may have soothed a political rivalry in the process. Or maybe not. We’ll leave the caption contest to Twitter. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The pitchforks can go now because Kennywood is bringing back Heinz ketchup. After the amusement park’s switch to competitor Hunt’s caused a social media firestorm and mass condiment conniption, the park says it’s returning to Heinz this weekend. Though it’s worth noting that while Heinz is still a local icon, its ketchup isn’t made here anymore. Just sayin’. (TribLive)
White residents are leaving, and concentrations of poverty increasing in suburban Pittsburgh, areas like Carnegie, McKees Rocks, and Wilmerding. It’s a trend that research shows may be more prominent than urban gentrification. (PublicSource)
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