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Dumped at the dog park: A growing problem

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Dogs have been reported abandoned at Denison and Sherman dog parks. (KTEN) Dogs have been reported abandoned at Denison and Sherman dog parks. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Dog parks in Sherman and Denison are places where canines and their owners can unwind and have some fun.

The key phrase here is "canines and their owners."

"Dog park rules and ordinance is that if a handler or dog owner brings the dog out, they do have to stay with," said Robert Lay of Denison Animal Services. "Every animal should be attended by someone out here."

Denison Animal Services has received several reports of dogs being abandoned at Waterloo Park. On two occasions they've had to take the dogs to the pound.

"We're a city that takes pride in people enjoying their animals here at the dog park, but we also want them to go about the proper ways to make sure their animals have good homes, and that's going through Denison Animal Services and contacting them to do so," said Justin Eastwood of Denison Parks and  Recreation. "We have our park staff that comes out occasionally. We also have animal services that come out occasionally to check on things like that."

They say people who leave dogs at the park can be fined if they're caught. The first offense can result in a fine of up to $200.

There are other options besides leaving dogs at the park.

"City of Denison residents, we do take animal surrenders -- dogs and cats --  at the Morton Street Animal Hospital," Lay said. "It's no charge to drop them off."

"We're pretty proud that when animals go into the pound through surrender, DAWG -- our welfare group -- comes in and they adopt those dogs out," Lay said. "Generally they almost always find a good home."

If you see a dog that has been dumped, contact your local animal control agency.

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