A dog has died after an attack at the Baldwin Park Dog Park in Concord, according to the victim’s owner.
Here’s the story from the owner….
I wanted to share an experience I had last weekend at Baldwin Dog Park located in Downtown Concord Saturday evening.
Shortly after I arrived at the park my friends small dog was bit in the face, by a large breed dog (not pitbull). Although my friend’s dog turned out to be ok, before we could react my small dog was attacked by the same dog less than a minute later.
There were at least 8-10 other small breeds around my dog at the time. The moment happened as quick as lightning. There was no time to react.
A nice couple helped me get the info from the dog’s owner as we rushed to the car trying to get my dog to urgent care as soon as possible (I’m sad to say he did not make it).
I decided to file a report with Animal Control in hopes that this dog would be evaluated and put on certain public safety restrictions if necessary. I wish no harm to this dog, I just wanted to ensure this didn’t happen again and that other dogs and people would be safe.
After speaking with Animal Control, it turns out that because we were at a public “enclosed off leash dog park” both parties are considered responsible for the attack (if we were outside the fence it would be a different outcome). A report has been filed against the dog and its owner but apparently nothing will be done unless there are prior cases on file with this dog.
I will be solely responsible for the medical expenses. I really don’t care about the money, my concern with this entire situation is that that potentially dangerous dogs are allowed to enter these dog parks and are somehow protected by law within the “enclosed fenced area”. It just doesn’t seem right to me.
I wanted to share my story on Claycord to make others aware of the potential risks when you enter a dog park. I used to think it was a great place to socialize your pet. I no longer feel that way.
That’s just awful. So sorry to hear about your dog.
Baldwin Park is currently closed. It is unknown if this attack has anything to do with the closure.