MSPCA-Angell Dog Park Reopens, Professional Dog Walkers Not Allowed Anymore

The MSPCA-Angell dog park reopened Tuesday after being closed for several days while a fight between two dogs at the park was investigated.

Cindy Lu was sad when she could not play in the MSPCA-Angell dog park with her friends.

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Cindy Lu was sad when she could not play in the MSPCA-Angell dog park with her friends.

The dog fight occurred Aug. 18, with one dog suffering significant injuries. That dog was treated at Angell Animal Medical Center and then discharged, said Rob Halpin, director of public relations for MSPCA-Angell.

Halpin said that following last week’s incident, professional dog walkers are no longer permitted to use the park.

“Despite efforts to balance access to the park with safety for visitors, the arrival of multiple dogs, handled by just one person, creates an ongoing safety concern for the community,” said Halpin.

Like numerous dog owners, Anita Lauricella was sad when she came to find the park closed for several days, as was her dog, Cindy Lu. But the news of the park reopening was a joyous moment.

“I’m glad MSPCA-Angell responsibly investigated the incident and took the safety concerns of dogs and people very seriously as they always do. Cindy Lu and I are very happy the park reopened,” said Lauricella.

The dog park will be open in the morning and afternoons, but will continue to be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, as it was before the incident. The hours of operation assist in decreasing dog walkers with multiple dogs from coming to the park.

Halpin said a community-policing endeavor will enforce the no-dog-walkers policy. Members of the community should contact dogpark@mspca.org if they see something of concern and the MSPCA will investigate.

“Our commitment has always been to balance access to the dog park with safety for those who use it,” added Halpin.

Dog parks have been in the news lately. The city recently put Beecher Street Park off-limits to off-leash dogs. That closure prompted JP’s city councilor, Matt O’Malley, to renew efforts to find space for a dog park along the Southwest Corridor.

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  • Hugo_JP

    Smart decision by MSPCA-Angell. A professional dog walker with 3,4,5 dogs is just a recipe for a disaster. Having hours in the morning and afternoon for local residents seems reasonable.

  • paul

    I’ve had problems going to this dog park with owners who bring unruly dogs looking for fights, or are way too hyper and piss off other dogs, or just let their dogs incessantly bark or hump other dogs. These owners should be banned too.

  • St Bernard

    Hey Paul, that’s what dogs do…

    • Ellie

      Hey S Bernard, you’re a boob.

    • paul

      Hey SB, they’ll also **** and piss all over your house unless you train them. It’s not what dogs do, it’s what owners do NOT do. People like you are the reason responsible people can’t enjoy nice things.

      • rich

        yall are the reason we can’t have nice things live in an apartment boo dogs you don’t/won’t have time or space for them stop being so fkin selfish

        • Monster

          Say what?

  • Marty

    good move by the MSPCA. the bad behavior of some owners and dog walkers is what ruined the Beecher St. dogpark

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