Dogs being dumped in local dog parks

LAS VEGAS - Pet owners are reporting an alarming problem across the Las Vegas valley. Dogs abandoned and left to fend for themselves at dog parks.

Pet owners are concerned, not only about the pups left behind, but the safety of their own dogs.

An 8 News NOW crew found an abandoned dog at a dog park on Monday. The crew asked around and tried to find the owner with no luck.

"Dogs are left here all the time randomly," said Oscar Terraza, a dog owner.

Dog park owners call Jaycee Park off Eastern and St. Louis avenues a doggy-drop off.

"It's a sad case. It's a puppy," Terraza said. "I think it needs to be known what's going on at this park."

Abandoned dogs -- like a pit bull puppy -- left to fend for themselves. The female pup was found in the park on Monday and her owner could not be found.

One dog owner after another told 8 News NOW the same story.

"I am hearing that dogs do get abandoned here from time to time and yeah it's horrible, you know. Poor dog, it doesn't know which way is up or down. It just got left here and you know it's trying to survive," said Mark Gruninger, a dog owner.

And this isn't the only park where pets are getting left behind.

The City of Las Vegas says the highest reports of abandoned dogs come out the east side of town.

"It's very frustrating. It's a sad thing to see," Terraza said. "I was sitting here thinking about what to do. I was calling my parents, they're dog lovers. You don't want to call animal control. The animal shelter they might be put down."

But the Animal Foundation -- where animal control brings stray dogs -- says calling them is actually the best bet for survival.

The shelter says they scan for microchips, provide healthy care and at all costs try to adopt the dogs out.

"If you cant take care of your dog, yeah, just don't leave them at a dog park," Gruninger said. "Dogs don't belong in that weather, not outside over long stretches of time in hundred plus degrees."

8 News NOW went to eight different dog parks and a majority of the people they talked to said they see the same thing.

Dog owners say the majority of the abandoned dogs they see are usually pit bulls or Chihuahuas.

There are alternative options for dog owners who can't keep their animals. The Animal Foundation, unlike no-kill shelters, accepts every animal they receive and there is no fee. They will take every opportunity to adopt out those dogs and do have a number of programs to prevent abandonment and help owners keep their pets.



 


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