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For 25 years, Cumberland animal officer has enjoyed the ‘wildlife’

February 21, 2014

CUMBERLAND – When Paul H. Rose was a young boy growing up in East Providence, his mother was always leery about what little woodland critter she might find hiding underneath his bed.

Snakes, frogs, grasshoppers, it didn’t matter. If he could catch it, he brought it home.

“I’ve loved animals ever since I was a little boy,” he says, “My mother was always afraid of what she might find in the basement on any given day.”

Nearly 60 years later, Rose is still fascinated by the animal kingdom, and has devoted most of his life to looking after the welfare of creatures great and small.

On Wednesday, Rose, 69, was honored by the town with a proclamation for his 25 years of service as Cumberland’s animal control director, a job he took back in 1989 after managing Mercy Animal Hospital in Cranston for more than 20 years.

Full story appears on page A1 of Saturday's Times and Saturday's Call.


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