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Are Dog Parks Safe for your Pet? Small Dog Killed in Cleveland

A small dog was killed at a South Euclid dog park and now the owner of the larger dog is being charged. Do you feel your dog is safe from harm at the nearby parks?

A recent incident in South Euclid where a Husky fatally attacked a Chihuahua at a dog park has some dog owners worried about going to the parks.

The owner of the Chihuahua, Rizzo, told police that a much larger Husky grabbed her pet and shook her "like a rag," according to a Plain Dealer story. The Chihuahua died on the way to the emergency vet clinic, police said. 

The owner of the Husky is now facing misdemeanor charges.

There was an incident in 2008 at , when a Maltese/poodle puppy was killed after being attacked by a standard poodle. This happened at the park before there was a separate, fenced-in area for small pets. 

Watch . Many parks are following suit with Bow Wow Beach and creating small dog areas that keep the little dogs separate from the bigger pooches. 

There are several dog park options for Akron-area residents to choose from:

Patch wants to know if you feel safe taking dogs, big or small, to these facilities. Do you only go to the parks with separate areas for smaller dogs like Bow Wow Beach? 

Man Circles Dog Park, Threatens Woman After Dog Bitten

Sometimes, it's not the dogs people have to worry about at the parks, it's the people.

Read one of the latest incident reports at Bow Wow Beach, when a Tallmadge woman's dog bit another man's dog. The woman told police she was  by the other dog owner. The man told the woman she was going "to know what it was like to feel pain" and cursed at her, according to the police report.

Director of Parks and Recreation Linda Nahrstedt said, "In general, the calls we receive are more related to folks complaining about other people’s behavior, rather than the dogs behavior."

joe ponikarovsky April 10, 2012 at 02:44 PM
this is why i don't bring my dogs. i know them well enough to know they're absolutely lovable, but are not the friendliest to other dogs. rather than risk an encounter that could injure them or others, i walk them in places where i feel i have more control, should something go wrong. but, it's worth mentioning that even on the bike/hike trail (for example) people LOVE to walk with their dogs on either a 10 foot leash or without a leash at all. both of which are dangerous, illegal, and punishable by a $100 fine. i've been chased on my bike by such dogs (for a mile; and by the way, good luck catching your dog after it ran a mile away from you after a bike travelling 20+ mph) and i've had them attack and try to, essentially, rape my dogs before. so my point is: it's more often than not negligent owners that cause these situations, not their dogs. you should know your dog well enough to know if it will behave well in a dog park. and you should never let it off its leash in a public setting; i don't care how good of dog it is you think you have, it's illegal and dangerous, period.
Amanda Harnocz April 11, 2012 at 02:26 PM
When did this happen Kellie?
danielle waskowski June 04, 2012 at 12:16 PM
all in all, dog parks are a breeding ground for diseases, IE PARVO, to name one.. these should never be visited by puppies that have not had their full vacines, so therefor, in the maltese poodle pup case, i feel bad that the dog passed, but the pup should not have been there in the first place... as fo other dogs going that are not the greatest with other dogs, check your dogs tempermant to make sure the dog is ok to visit these parks, and be ready to show proof of shots, and be ready to take any responsibilty your dog may do damage wise....
jiim may August 04, 2012 at 02:35 PM
short sweet and to the point! If you don't like the park shut up and stay awake and people that truly love their pets will take the dog there!
jiim may August 04, 2012 at 02:35 PM
stay away not awake

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