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Dog Park Mauling: Could It Happen In Lakewood?

Lakewood's Dog Park has very clear rules that, if followed, are aimed at preventing an incident like what happened in a South Euclid dog park.

A fatal dog mauling in South Euclid's dog park has dog owners across the region debating safety at dog parks. 

The Plain Dealer reported Monday that a woman who brought a Siberian Husky to a dog park will face a misdemeanor charge after the Husky attacked and killed a Chihuahua at the park. 

 has these rules and others designed to keep order:

  • Dogs must never be left unattended or out of sight.
  • Owners must be in verbal control of their dogs at all times to prevent aggressive behavior.

According to The Plain Dealer's account, the owner of the Chihuahua did not see the attack and the person who brought the Husky could not control it.

What do you think? Are rules enough? Could it have happened here? Do you feel your dogs are safe at dog parks? 

Chris April 04, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Really I think this is possible anywhere. While walking my dog on a leash, I have had dogs off leash rush and sometimes attack my dog many, many times. I have to admit though, I watch the dogs at the LW dog park and I am always amazed at how much fun they have together.
Hol April 04, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I agree it can happen anywhere. However, if owners follow the posted rules, take on the responsibility of training and learning to control their dogs, it lowers the chance of problems. I have learned from experience that if you pay attention to your dog at the park, you can see when something is about to happen. Many times there is a calm before the storm and you can most likely stop it before it happens just by keeping that watchful eye. It's just like when you take a small child to the playground. Do you plop the kid down on the swing and then walk away and leave them. I hope not! You watch them constantly to make sure they don't get hurt. Dogs need that attention too. Dog parks are a great please to some fun and meet new people. Check out our Lakewood Dog Park and you'll see what I mean.
Steve April 04, 2012 at 03:32 PM
First off, I must say I am very happy that it was not a pit mix, but sad that it happened at all. I agree with Holly that it could happen here as well. The whole deal with the ban on certain breeds, was to make us FEEL safer. It never was a safety issue because we never really had a problem here. I feel more unsafe with our city leaders, that refuse to REALLY educate themselves on this issue as other States and City's have, including Ohio and Cleveland. I am less worried about a well mannered pit bull with a GOOD owner, than any other breed with a BAD owner.BSL does not effect BAD owners, but actually effects GOOD owners of banned dogs. Lakewood, which would you rather have? And can it happen here, to answer your question, YES, because the bigger issue is not solved by BSL'S. We need to educate ALL owners of ALL breeds, not discriminate against a certain breed. Until then, I don't think ANYONE can really feel safe here in Lakewood. How about YOU???
Joe Slops April 04, 2012 at 04:23 PM
The Lakewood Dog Park has two separate areas; the main section is for regular size dogs and there is a separate smaller area for puppys and smaller dogs. It seems like common sense to not let the smaller dogs mingle around with the bigger dogs, how can a Chihuahua defend itself against one large dog, let alone a pack of them?
Steve April 04, 2012 at 05:16 PM
@Dan. They can't. But that doesnt stop the owners from planting their a**es on a bench, with no control over their dogs. But if you would have said, how can a large dog defend itself against a pack of Chihuahua's, the answer would still be the same. Don't kid yourself, it can happen there... and probably will. Kinda goes back to the OWNERS, not the DOGS.

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