A brand new, a 50,000-square-foot indoor dog park has opened in Dallas — but the play area has been closed to pit bulls.
Unleashed, a multi-service dog center, complete with café and grooming services, says its insurance provider requested the ban on pit bulls.
“It’s not our call,” said co-owner Cody Acree. “I’d much rather take every animal and customer.”
Pit bulls were banned after a customer was bitten by his own dog during the park’s first day of operation, according to an article in the Dallas Morning News.
John Boeglin, 49, went to Unleashed with his three rescue dogs — including a pit bull mix. When his pit bull mix, Pinta, met another pit bull, the dogs began to fight and Boeglin was bit when he tried to separate them.
The incident has led to additional restrictions at the park. Dogs now have their temperament observed when they check in, and vaccination and veterinary record must be preented to verify breed.
“Its unfortunate, but we’d much rather the remaining customers have an experience that’s pleasant,” he said.
Acree said that pit bulls are still welcomed in the supply and grooming centers at the facility — just not the park area.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 19th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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