How safe is the Washington Square Park Dog Run?
From the inbox:
On Thursday, Jan. 7, my dog Louise, an eight-year-old, nine-pound Brussels Griffon, was viciously attacked in the Washington Square Dog Run. It happened around lunch time.
We rushed Louise to to the nearby vet who sent us to BluePearl where she was rushed into emergency surgery.
We are fortunate that she survived, but we are facing a long road to recovery; Louise has lost the sight in one eye and is recuperating at home with me – still with stitches on her face and wearing a cone until at least the end of this month. She requires hand feeding and loads of medication and follow ups.
I’m trying to track down the dog that attacked her. It was a shepherd mix with a large mole above its eye. Another woman at the park that day who owned a Brussels Griffon named Peggy Olson seemed to know this dog.
Any help you may be able to provide in terms of getting the word out would be much appreciated. I really don’t want this to happen to another animal. The dog that attacked was completely unprovoked. It is taking quite a bit of effort on my behalf to begin to recover from the trauma.
Louise, in plaid, is pictured above with another dog, Peggy Olson, right, both Brussels Griffons, before the attack.
There are two dog runs in Washington Square Park: the large dog run and a small dog run. This attack happened in the large dog run where small dogs are allowed. The dog runs are overseen by an independent entity, the Washington Square Dog Run. They have rules as to what happens if a dog is being aggressive or attacks another dog which requires community-policing.
Natalie Hope McDonald, Louise’s owner-guardian, is trying to find the dog who attacked Louise which she describes as “a shepherd mix with a large mole above its eye.” She wants to prevent something like this happening again. Natalie said “the attack was completely unprovoked”; she believes this dog was with a dog walker. Louise is now on a “long road to recovery” after her emergency surgery.
Wishing the best to Louise on her recovery!
Have you seen the dog described? What has your experience been in the Washington Square Park Dog Run?
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Photos courtesy of Natalie Hope MacDonald