LETTER: Separate small and large dogs to make Belgium dog park safe

To Ozaukee Press:

Is the Belgium dog park for everyone?

The Belgium dog park should be available and safe for all dogs and their owners, but it currently is not. There are problems with a few large, aggressive dogs accosting small dogs, and these large-dog owners do nothing to prevent or stop the attacks. This is a safety issue. Luckily, there has been no serious injury or death to date, but a tragedy could happen anytime. However, there is a practical way to prevent such a tragedy.

This is a common problem at all dog parks without designated areas to separate small and large dogs. There are always a few irresponsible dog owners who bring large, aggressive and out-of-control dogs that cause safety issues for everyone.  Dogs have been seriously injured or killed in some situations, yet there is really no effective way to control who visits a dog park. However, separate and designated areas for large and small dogs can solve the problem.

There is a need for a small dog area within the Belgium dog park. Small dogs are currently not welcome there by a few irresponsible large dog owners. It is a safety concern and a fairness issue, as the park should be available, safe and accessible for everyone to use. 

A proactive and practical proposal to add a small dog area within the park has been submitted to the Village of Belgium.  I hope all resident dog owners and village officials will support this proposal. There is still time to add a small dog area as the park construction is not completed and there are funds available.

A community dog park is a wonderful concept, but it only becomes a wonderful reality if it serves the needs of everyone. 

I hope every concerned dog owner will speak up, and thank you to all who support this proposal.
Diane Ryan



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