EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 21, 2014

Editorial: Some cheers, some jeers for recent newsmakers

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — JEERS to Dean Manual of Ludlow, who faces 36 counts of animal cruelty over what police say is the abuse of 35 animals on his farm.

The MSPCA-Angell’s law enforcement department rescued 35 animals it described as emaciated. The MSPCA says that on Dec. 10, it found ponies and donkeys on Manual’s property living in pens with no food, water or shelter from the elements. The organization says it ordered Manual to build proper shelter for the animals by Dec. 17, which he failed to do.

The animals, including four donkeys, eight ponies, six pigs and piglets, four goats, four alpacas, four ducks, two sheep, a goose, an emu and a bunny, were seized with the help of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Many of the animals were taken to the MSPCA’s Nevins Farm in Methuen.

Many of the animals were severely underweight. Some were wet and covered in ice and snow.

“They are generally doing OK,” MSPCA Director of Public Relations Rob Halpin told reporter Sara Brown. “We have most of the animals on a careful re-feeding program.”

It is almost inconceivable that someone could treat helpless animals so cruelly. Thankfully, places like Nevins Farm exist to nurse these poor creatures back to health and find them good homes. CHEERS to the staff at Nevins Farm for the kind and caring work they do.

Nevins Farm has set up a donation page for residents to contribute to the care of the animals. Click www.mspca.org/ludlowanimals.

CHEERS to the return of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade to Lawrence, and to the volunteers and donors who are making it possible.

The parade’s organizers say more than $17,000 in private donations has been raised and calls are coming in from groups wanting to participate.

The parade’s theme is “Cead Mile Failte” — Gaelic for “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes.”

“Schools will play a big part in the parade,” Lawrence Police Detective Tom Cuddy, who chairs the parade committee, told reporter Yadira Betances. “We were very, very pleased by the turnout and the amount of support we’ve received for the parade.”

The parade’s grand marshal will be Edward F. “Hoppy” Curran, a Lawrence native now living in Methuen. Curran served with the Army during the Vietnam War and earned a Silver Medal and the Gallantry Cross. He was the director of veterans service in Methuen for nine years until his retirement in 2007.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 1 p.m. at the corner of Amesbury and Essex streets, heading up by Claddagh and over the Central Bridge onto Parker Street. Participants will take a left onto Salem Street by St. Patrick Church. The viewing stand will be at Relief’s In, 1 Market St.

The return of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade to Lawrence is welcome after an absence of several years. The parade celebrates another aspect of the city’s heritage.

“This is a long standing Irish theme,” Cuddy said. “This whole parade is showcasing Lawrence to people past, present and future. Much like the Italian feast and Hispanic Week, it brings people to Lawrence and is another way to showcase the city in a positive way.”

Congratulations and well done to the parade’s volunteers and donors. We hope to see a large crowd of supporters in attendance on parade day.