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Vandalism, Theft at Lakewood Dog Park Reported

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Lakewood Police Department.

The Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park organization is asking for the public’s help solving a recent incident involving theft and vandalism.

Last Thursday, contents of the ’s lost-and-found box were thrown into the trash, then covered in “fecal waste.” 

Alanna Faith, president of the organization said several of the items had “significant value.”  

Other items belonging to the park were tossed in the trash. Faith said that a garage sale was planned to benefit the organization if the items went unclaimed. 

This isn’t the first incident.

Faith said that there were similar incidents in September and October 2011 — with similar circumstances. Items belonging to the park were tossed in the trash and covered in feces.

Some items — worth more than an estimated $100 — were also stolen.

“While the losses of each incident don't seem like a lot, they add up,” Faith said. “A Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park membership is only $10 a year; if we incur a loss of $100, that's equivalent to 10 memberships.”

“The most troubling aspect of vandalism and theft at the dog park is that people are maliciously damaging the dog park equipment and communication materials,” she added.

The Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park had planned to add new equipment, but Faith said the recent incidents “may impact those plans.”

“It's sad that people would target the dog park and ruin things,” she said. “Vandalism and theft may possibly mean that all dog park visitors may have to be deprived of new equipment.”

Anyone with information about the incidents is encouraged to call the at 216-529-6773.

Brandon Scullion July 24, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I know this is off topic but how often are those bins emptied? I was there this past Saturday and found that the stench was so overwhelming that we couldn't stay there - the bins on both sides of the park. The trash bins were full to the top with dog waste that had been rotting in the heat for what I would imagine could have been a week or 3. It was somewhat embarrassing bringing my girlfriend and her dog there. She lives down near Akron and they have some of the most amazing dog parks I've ever been to. I love Lakewood and love our dog park but that was pretty raunchy.
Steve July 24, 2012 at 11:11 PM
@S- and someday allow bullies that have never done any harm, except break the spirits of our esteemed city council.......but THEY know their SHIT...or should I say Dog Waste....
Alanna Faith July 25, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Brandon, The City of Lakewood owns the dog park. Trash bins are supposed to be emptied by City of Lakewood twice a week. Director of Public Works was asked if trash receptacles could be traded out with fresh ones and that request was denied. The trash containers are soiled inside with fecal waste after being emptied. If you want to contact the City of Lakewood, you can email specific departments at onelakewood.com Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park, the non-profit volunteer group that supplies amenities at the dog park, spent $2200 in 2011 on dog "clean up" bags; that's 58,000 bags a year. People are encouraged to use the waste bags so that dog fecal waste isn't thrown lose into the trash receptacles. You can reach Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park at our website: www.LakewoodDogPark.org there's a link to email us too. Please LIKE Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park on Facebook. Glad you love Lakewood Dog Park. Stop by Friday, August 3rd from 3:30 to 6:30 for Spirit Day. We'll have memberships ($10) and apparel for sale (cash & personal checks). There'll be a Yappy Hour at Rocky River Win Bar following. They're raising money for anew drinking fountain at the dog park.
Alanna Faith July 25, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Brandon, please see my post below.

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