Flynn Seeks Working Group Following Pet Tragedy

Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn is seeking to assemble a working group to examine the issues related to stray voltage in the City of Boston that recently led to the tragic death of a dog on Southampton Street. Flynn has since met with an official from the City of Boston Department of Public Works and has also contacted utility companies Eversource Energy & National Grid.

Flynn said,” I read reports last week regarding stray voltage under the ground on Southampton street that led to the tragic loss of Ms. Begley’s dog, Bob. I am so sorry to hear about her loss and my heart goes out to her during this difficult time. It is now my immediate goal to establish a working group, comprised of City of Boston officials and the utility companies, to examine this issue thoroughly and prevent tragedies like this from occurring in the future.”

“In the meantime, I have met with the Public Works Department and been informed that saturated ground, corroding salt, and older electrical cabinets and infrastructure present conditions where this can occur,” said Flynn. “I would encourage residents, if able, to sweep off any salt from their sidewalks as a precaution.”

If residents become aware of similar incidents like this, please contact both 311 and Councilor Flynn’s office at 617-635-3203 or