Watertown’s “Goose Dog” Enjoying New Life Chasing Geese Away From City’s Fields and Cemeteries

Watertown – WCN can now exclusively report that Vee, the City of Watertown’s new Goose Mitigation Dog, is a very good girl.

Vee arrived in Watertown in April from a training facility in Virginia that trains dogs to herd and deter geese from fields. Watertown City Manager George Proakis announced that the city was acquiring the four year-old border-collie after officials received frequent complaints of goose poop on Watertown’s parks, fields, and cemeteries.

Vee’s handler, Department of Public Works Parks and Cemeteries Supervisor Bob DiRico, makes the rounds with Vee daily, visiting all of Watertown’s parks, fields, and even cemeteries. DiRico used to bring his own dog, Tweed, to fields around the city. He noticed the geese population quickly reduce during that time. After Tweed passed away, the geese returned.

The City of Watertown has created a webpage to let residents track Vee’s efforts to clean up the community. You can also follow her activities on Instagram.



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