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Dog owner: Fence at dog park is a safety risk


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Dog owner: Fence at dog park is a safety risk

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED Aug 16, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Action News is getting results over a safety concern at a Las Vegas Valley dog park.

A stroll across the lawn at the Charlie Frias dog park is supposed to end at the perimeter fence, except if you're a Yorkie named Casey or Sarge. Both dogs easily clear the gaps near the gates.

"They don't even have to slow down," said dog owner Fred DeBauche. "They can run straight through."

The dog park for small pooches, near Tropicana Avenue and Decatur Boulevard, has two gates; DeBauche said both have gaps along the side allowing the little dogs to escape.

"It's just luck that nobody's had a dog hit and killed yet," said DeBauche.

DeBauche said he's seen his share of close calls with cars on a nearby park access roads, including one instance with a puppy. Luckily, the dog was not hurt. But that led DeBauche to do some barking of his own. He said he emailed Clark County twice about the problem but didn't get a response. That's when he turned to Action News.

"They need to block that gate down to a smaller opening," said DeBauche.

We wanted to know the size of the gap. We pulled out a tape measure and found each opening to be about four inches wide.

Action News reported the problem to Clark County. Within a few hours after our visit, the county said a staff member fixed the gaps. We went back to check. Sure enough, the openings were cut by half to about two inches.

County spokesman Dan Kulin said the problem was related to the fence hinges. Despite DeBauche's claim, Kulin said the county had not received any official complaints about the fence and Kulin said the county had no reports of related dog injuries. However, Kulin said a park employee checks the facilities routinely.

DeBauche said he likes the dog park and just wants to make sure it's safe.