Last week we were shocked by an incident at the new Shreveport Dog Park that left a small dog with fatal injuries.  The dog died after being attacked by 3-4 larger dogs. Attendees of the park were able to extricate the little dog from the jaws of its attackers, but it was too late.

A few days later the owner of the small dog contacted 710 KEEL News and explained that she was at fault for the dog's death.  The woman explained that she had let her children take the dog into the park while she stayed behind in her car to finish a take-out meal she had brought with her.  City ordinance clearly states that dogs must be accompanied by a person who is at least 18 years old.

In light of this event, suggestions have been offered as potential additions to the city's rules for the dog park.  Among these are:

  • All dogs must be outfitted with dog cones around their heads before they may enter the park.
  • Dog owners must carry pepper spray to use in the event their dog is attacked or their dog attacks another.
  •  All dog owners must show proof of liability insurance before entering the park.
  • City to provide bullet-proof doggie vests that park patrons may rent before their dog enters the park.

The validity of the above proposals has not been vetted.

For its part, the City of Shreveport issued the following statement immediately after the incident was reported:

“The City of Shreveport has undertaken every effort to make its newly opened dog park an inviting and family-friendly environment.  The unfortunate incident this week has highlighted the importance of our community being aware of  all the rules and regulations of the dog park."