Lyn M. and Jonathan R. Toscano place a chair and sign over a dead skunk in front of their Westminster Avenue home. (Courtesy photograph.)
The City of Haverhill is looking into hiring a service to collect dead animals after a Westminster Avenue family complained this week no one was available to pick up a skunk in front of their home.
Lyn M. Toscano, 42 Westminster Ave., said she came home late Monday afternoon to find what she believed to be a rabid skunk dragging itself between her property and a neighbor’s and then back again.
“I watched this poor suffering guy for five hours, tip over, roll in the street, etc. before I finally went to bed,” Toscano said. In the morning, she found it dead. During the ordeal, she said her husband, Jonathan, called animal control, Haverhill police and the mayor’s office, but found no one was available to help until Wednesday.
Worried that students walking to John Greenleaf Whittier and Pentucket Lake Schools might come across the dead skunk, the Toscanos placed a chair over the animal and erected a cardboard sign.
“Rabid Skunk!! Keep dogs and children away,” the sign read. Then, there was snowfall.
David S. Van Dam, chief of staff to Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini, told WHAV one of two animal control officers was out sick Tuesday. “We are looking into a service that will pick up dead rodents on demand,” he said.