Please join us, along with the Greater South Loop Association and the Fred Anderson Park Advisory Council on Saturday morning at 10 AM and lend a hand to help clean up and beautify Fred Anderson Park and its surroundings. We will mostly be picking up trash (and any orphan poops), and will have bags and gloves available. Get involved and help take care of YOUR park! ... See MoreSee Less
A number of people have contacted us about a serious incident that occurred at Fred Anderson Park Dog Park yesterday (March 20th). Paraphrasing one account – A grey pitbull went after a 6 mo. GSD puppy and held on to the dog’s stomach area for ~45 seconds. There were over 10 witnesses. Another owner had to run in and kick the dog 3 times to get it off. The puppy’s owner was traumatized, but other persons tried to get the aggressive dog owner’s information. He walked away saying the dog was fine, did not apologize, and left. That owner has two dogs – the grey pitbull that attacked the GSD puppy, and a black lab mix.
Look, this is not acceptable. Bad things can happen between dogs. But it’s the dog owner's responsibility to intervene, and then to "man-up" when they do, and take responsibility. If your dog hurts someone else’s dog, or a person, it is your responsibility.
Not all dogs belong at a dog park – clearly a dog that can do this kind of damage does not. Sometimes an owner finds out the hard way that their dog is not appropriate for a dog park, and unfortunately, sometimes someone else's dog suffers dearly for it.
a) If you see a dog acting aggresively towards other dogs or humans, you have the right to speak up about it to the owner of that dog, and to ask them to leave. It is Chicago Park District and dog park policy that aggressive dogs are not allowed in the park! You have the right to call 911.
b) If you see another owner having a problem like this, lend a hand! Get involved, try to get contact information from the owner of the aggressive dog, if possible.
c) If your dog is acting aggresively or causing problems, you have to take a hard look at yourself and your dog – the dog park is probably not the place for you! ... See MoreSee Less
I've never been so scared. I was screaming, crying, shaking. He would not let her go. When I entered the park he was holding his dogs back and I asked "are they not friendly with other dogs?" And he said "I don't trust them" so I called my dog over to leave and the pitbull darted for her and would not let go. Thank god for the man who hopped the fence to save her. I got bit as well, although no serious puncture wounds and mostly just bruised. I didn't even notice until afterwards. Didn't even feel it in the moment. I took Charlie to the vet and she thank god didn't have any puncture wounds, just scrapes from his teeth and horrible bruises. She's very sore but doing okay. But I want that coward to take responsibility. If he didn't trust his dogs, they should not have been in a public dog park.
The sad thing is that pit bulls can be so loving and sweet. This man has not socialized his dog at all. It's not the pittie's fault. What a jerk.
1 month ago · 5
I remember this guy. Saw him a couple of months ago. He wasn't letting his pit off leash at first.... (also recall hearing him say that he couldn't totally trust him). Smething felt off so I took my pup over to the small dog area. Shortly after, he must have let his pit off leash as well because there was an incident with his pit and another smaller dog. The other dogs owner carried their pup out. Not sure if there was an injury and I wasn't immediately by them so not sure what happened, but I'm almost certain that it was the same guy and 2 dogs. He must live in the area....someone must have an idea of how to track him down.
Thank you all for your concern. Charlie is doing well. Shes super sad that she can't go play. The good news is I've talked to multiple people who have seen the guy, and a few other people who have had problems with him before or their dogs have been attacked by his pit!
One person who contacted me is a cop and has had problems with this guy before. The owner has threatened to let his dog off leash to attack other dogs before when people confront him.
This is one of those times that video would help. The problem is not the dog. It is an irresponsible dog owner. Need to have video to help the law enforcement folks cite him.
Poor puppy and puppy's owner. Our border collie was mauled by a chow and pitbull when he was a year old. The dogs owner ran off and we had to rush our puppy to surgery. We ended up with a dog with over 60 stiches and two drains in his stomach and thousands of dollars in vet bills.
Video and report to animal control, law enforcement and local government. Bad dog owners are dangerous to public safety.
It also needs to be said that the dog park are not places to socialize aggressive dogs. I was at the park a few weeks ago and there was a guy with a pitbull on a leash that was snapping at every dog that went buy him. It made me very uneasy, so I left. Leashed dogs do not do well at dog parks. I’m so sorry for this owner and her poor dog. There is no excuse for the ignorance of this dog owner!
Saw this guy this morning. Was walking his dog in the alley directly behind the dog park at approximately 820am. He lives in the building at the corner of 16th and Wabash. Tall-ish Caucasian male, approximately mid-late 30s, buzzed haircut, wears a light blue coat and apple airpods.
1 month ago · 1
I’m so sorry to hear about this. We’ve had some very scary incidents at our dog park, (Norwood Park Dog Area) which included an attack on my 12 year old bichon.
How is your puppy doing?
1 month ago
I'm so sorry to hear that this happened! The other day in the small dog area, a boxer mix was nipping at my frenchie's ears and cheeks and the owner did nothing. We finally left. Also, I've been bitten (through my winter coat) by a St. Bernard and jumped on and shoved in the stomach (I'm 6 months pregnant) by multiple large dogs while their owners just yelled at them to stop. So frustrating. Please watch your dog and be responsible for them.
4 weeks ago
I’m so sorry this happened and I hope the puppy heals well. I have stopped taking my dogs to our local dog parks because I don’t trust other dog owners to watch their dogs or be responsible if something happens. (Not ALL dog owners! But it’s hard to tell sometimes so it’s easier to avoid the dog parks!)
1 month ago
This is definitely not the first time this unfriendly grey pit was at the dog park and attacked another dog - completely unprovoked. About a year ago this same dog (loose in the dog park with a older black lab) attacked my dog. The dog's walker (who was female, but I'm confident its the same 2 dogs) did not take any responsibility after we got them separated. I made a police report, but nothing came of it. I cannot believe they are still taking this dog to the dog park! My pup was okay, no deep wounds. I'm so glad your pup was okay too! These owner(s) are completely irresponsible. If it's not stopped the next dog won't be so lucky...
1 month ago
I’m so sorry this happened. What a traumatic experience. Thank you for sharing this story and tips on how to intervene when this happens.
1 month ago
Yes! This was my German shepherd puppy! Thank you for posting this!
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Wednesday, January 31st @ 6pm
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South Loop Dog Park Action Cooperative (SLDogPAC) shared MetroVet Center's photo.
Our friends at MetroVet Center are hosting Santa this Saturday 12/2 from 1-5 PM, and giving you the chance to get a free lovely photo with him. Put on your holiday cheer and head over to the corner of Michigan Ave and 16th Street with your furry ones, and their favorite humans. There will be some yummy treats for all! ... See MoreSee Less
Our annual photos with Santa will be December 2nd!! Bring the whole family for a free photo and some yummy treats for yourself and your pets!🎅🎄
We are simply over the moon! We have finally been given the green light to start the dog park buildout. It will be built in phases, which will allow us to start shortly. That means the doggos will soon be able to run free in their own corner of Horner Park! Here is the official announcement from Alderman Mell's office: [ 405 more words ]
Just a couple of days away, our biggest event of the year, it's the Fifth Annual Wiggles & Giggles Halloween Bash! The weather report says that the rain will end Wednesday, and there is a bit of a warm up predicted for Thursday. So glad !!!
We will have live entertainment this year by Radium Mando, a subgroup of the Radium Swing Band, who will be performing Gypsy Jazz, and Chicago KICS United FC will be on site providing a soccer activity for the kids, as the party is just getting underway. There will also be plenty of Trick-or-Treating and refreshments for all throughout the evening. The Costume Parades and Contests start ~7:00 PM.
Costume categories include Child, Dog, and Ensemble (a costume comprised of both humans and dogs). We will have two waves of Costume Parades and Contests, with the children’s category going first, in the interest of early bedtimes! Then it will be time for the dog's turn !!!
The party will be centered around the Performance Area at Fred Anderson Park, with the Costume Parades traversing the strolling pathways immediately surrounding it, culminating on the stage where the contestants will be able to be viewed and celebrated by everyone, including our distinguished judges!
Come on out and meet your South Loop neighbors, oooooooh and aaaaaaaaah over the cute costumes, do some Trick-or-Treating, and participate in fun Costume Parades and Contests for both the Kids and the Dogs!
South Loop Dog Park Action Cooperative (SLDogPAC) shared Life With Dogs's post.
This is funny.... but unfortunately true. Keep doing your best to pick up what your pups leave, and if you find another one, be a 'poo angel' and pick it up, too, so you or your dog doesn't step in in later 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less