Letter: Dog park rules are there for a reason
Yesterday, my basset hound/lab mix Damian was attacked by a pitbull puppy at the Willow Creek Dog Park. As the owner brought her two puppies in, they were very uncooperative, barking and thrashing and the owner was screaming at them to no avail. The moment she let them off the leash, my dog was attacked across the park. The owners did nothing but watch as my wife was endangering herself trying to save our dog. She knew from the moment she walked in those dogs were acting up in an aggressive manner, so there is no reason to defend an attack - just apologize and have compassion.
I'm asking for all users of our local dog park to please use common sense and read the sign that says "No Aggressive Dogs permitted" and have respect for other people. We could've lost our dog, our best friend, that day because of an owner's ignorance and not knowing the signs of an aggressive dog. If your animal is aggressive, please keep it on a leash and away from other dogs who just want to be friendly. Keep an eye on your dog's behavior. Stay close in the event of a dog fight.
I very much appreciate the few patrons that came to the aid of my dog, to ensure he was okay and not seriously injured, and tried to calm my panic stricken wife down. One of those patrons, also had a dog that was attacked by the same puppy yesterday afternoon with a bloody lip.
The dog park is a place to play, socialize and a great time for the Prescott area's furry friends and family. Let's keep it clean, keep it friendly, and most importantly keep it safe.