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East Village residents have identified areas that might cause electrical shocks to dogs in the wake of the Jodie Lane's death last week. They are the northwest corner of E. Seventh St. and Avenue A, right in front of 114 Ridge St. and the northeast corner of E. Seventh St. and Avenue B. Con Ed says there's no way to tell if the metal plate/grating is electrified.

Residents feel the chemical compound used to melt the snow aided in corroding the insulation of electrical cables: One resident and dog walker tells the Post, "It's 10 times stronger than Drano. It's nasty stuff. It eats away at the insulation in electrical cables." This compound, calcium chloride, is used because it doesn't damage concrete, while rock salt does; calcium chloride can also melt snow when it's -25 degrees.