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March 15, 2014

New pooch park stresses health, safety

Members say added precautions are welcome additions

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Benzenhauer said having the extra security in place keeps people from allowing friends or family to bring a dog into the park that is not vaccinated.

“And the dogs have to be supervised at all times. You can’t leave your dog,” Benzenbauer said. “If you leave — the dog leaves.”

Membership fees at the parks are also different.

The membership at Four Paws is $10 for a one-day trial pass, $25 a month for the first dog and $10 for additional dogs living in the same household and annual passes are $150 with $30 for each additional dog at the same address.

Animal Care & Control Canine Companion Corral charges $15 for membership for the first dog and $5 a year for each additional dog. Memberships run from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, and the fees collected are considered donations to the Animal Protection League.

Weisheit said Four Paws is more than just a dog park, it's an extension of services for the South Anderson Veterinary Clinic clients. She said both obedience training, which includes off-leash heeling, and agility classes are offered in the park.

Currently the canine playground equipment at Four Paws has been stored for the winter months, but Weisheit said it will be brought out again once the weather warms up.

Neither of the Anderson dog parks have any breed restrictions, but aggressive dogs are not allowed.

Four Paws also denies puppies under 4 months of age to be registered because they are not fully vaccinated. Male dogs must be neutered and female dogs must not be in heat. The facility does not allow children under the age of 12 to play in the dog park.

The Animal Protection League does not have any age restrictions for children to play in the park.

Benzenbauer said she likes having the extra precautions in place, but the best thing about the new park is it gives her an opportunity to socialize Ruby on a frequent basis.

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