University to clean up dog park

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 15, 2014 at 8:50 a.m.



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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The University of Louisiana-Lafayette has launched a plan for improvements at its dog park after complaints that glass shards are strewn about and pets have been injured.

University facilities management director Bill Crist told The Advertiser (http://bit.ly/SIfg4Q) that the school plans to clean up the park and make investments designed to produce permanent upgrades.

"We're going to look into what we can do to make it better," he said.

"I'll definitely return to the park," said Jeanne Fair, who posted a Facebook warning about glass at the park.

"I'm glad they (UL) responded. It's such a great place to go with the community friends and dogs," she said.

The university's plans came after complaints of debris and pet injuries at the park.

David Delhomme, a retired residential contractor, said the problem has been festering for some time. He said his former racing greyhound, Miss Mandy, was cut by a sharp object at the park in February and needed 22 stitches.

"People's dogs have been getting hurt there for months," Delhomme, 62, said.

Delhomme said he contacted university officials after the dog was injured, but was told an inspection of the park failed to turn up dangerous objects.

Delhomme said he hasn't returned to the park since the incident.

University director of environmental health and safety Joey Pons said it is not possible to prevent vandals from entering in the park overnight or to stop owners from lazily discarding trash when it is open.

But Pons said that is not an excuse for any hazardous conditions at the dog park.

"It's not about pointing any blame," Pons said. "It's about figuring out how we can all move forward from here."

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