QUIRKY WORLD ... You can’t pierce your pet, says state of New York

USA: Body art is not for animals, at least not in New York.

QUIRKY WORLD ... You can’t pierce your pet, says state of New York

It will soon be a crime to pierce or tattoo your pet anywhere in the state.

“It’s simply cruel,” said Assembly member Linda Rosenthal. The Manhattan Democrat sponsored the legislation. While people can choose the pain of tattoos or piercings to satisfy their own “aesthetic predilections”, companion animals don’t have that luxury, she said.

The law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo takes effect in 120 days.

Penalties for violations range up to 15 days in jail and fines up to $250 (€199).

Support for the act grew this year after a Brooklyn tattoo artist posted a photograph of his tattooed dog online, saying he did it after the dog had surgery and was still under anaesthesia.

Hands down


Doctor Syntax was the Frankel of his day, winning 36 races from 1814 to 1823 and becoming one of the most famous racehorses in British history. Now archaeologists may have discovered the skeleton of the legendary 19th-century stallion.

The bones were uncovered during the excavation of the former royal stables of Palace House, one of the homes of King Charles II, in Newmarket, Suffolk. The skeleton is almost completely intact and measures the same height as the horse, 15 hands. Doctor Syntax was put down in 1838 but his exact resting place was never known.

Auction quashed


A Commonwealth Court panel said the auction sale of Eileen Battisti’s $280,000 home outside Aliquippa in western Pennsylvania was not valid because the Beaver County Tax Claim Bureau did not offer her an instalment payment plan as required by state law.

The court heard Battisti struggled to cope after her husband’s death in 2004. The sale was held after the tax bill grew with interest and costs to $235 by late 2011, when the property was sold for about $116,000.

Banking on it


Locals in a seaside town have been pondering whether a mural that recently appeared on a wall is by street artist Banksy.

The artwork of a black boy holding a rose with the questions “Likes Me?? Likes Me Not??” on either side of him bears hallmarks of the guerilla artist’s work. The piece appeared on the wall of a block of flats undergoing renovation in Canonbury Road in Ramsgate, Kent.

There has been no official confirmation that Bristol-based Banksy is the artist.

Ringing endorsement


The Salvation Army in Boston has said a former bell ringer has offered to pay $21,000 for two rings that a widow dropped into a red donation kettle in the hope they would be sold to buy toys for poor children.

The charity said the anonymous buyer was also a widow. It said she did not plan to keep the rings. Instead, she wanted to return the diamond engagement ring and wedding band to the woman who originally gave them. Salvation Army Major David Davis said the funds would be used to provide toys to poor children for Christmas and services to others in need.

Reindeer games


Thieves have made off with a statue of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer that’s been a holiday fixture in a Los Angeles-area neighbourhood for half a century.

Residents of Rolling Hills Estates say the 90kg wooden statue was taken sometime on Friday. The culprits left a broken antler behind.

Resident Tim Taylor, whose family has taken care of the handmade statue for several years, says he’s hoping it’s just a prank and that Rudolph will be returned.

KCBS-TV reports that missing posters have been made and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has taken a police report.

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