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Bark Park Could Reopen as Soon as Next Week

No additional cases of canine parvovirus have been found.

If all goes well, the Bark Park could reopen as soon as next week if all traces of dog feces are cleaned up.

Parvovirus, a highly contagious disease which can be harmful and even fatal to puppies, had infected a dog that had been to the Bark Park last week, which then caused the park to shut down. Parvovirus is transferred via feces.

Luckily, there have been “no other reports other than the one last week” of parvovirus, said Ridgefield Animal Control Officer David Coles.

Coles said that he and Ridgefield Health Department Director Edward Briggs have to survey the park and scan for canine droppings. Any that are found must first be cleaned up and then the surrounding area must be sprayed with bleach.

“We spoke with two different veterinarians, and they both said that bleach directly on the feces does nothing,” said Coles. The recent amount of rain in the past week has helped wash away or disintegrate some droppings as well.

Coles said that if owners had picked up their dogs’ droppings as they should, the incident would never have occurred.

“They’re supplied with bags…but some people don’t clean up after their dogs,” he said.

The closing of the park for six months was a worst case scenario, but one that Coles needed to address because he could not “with a correct conscious have any more dogs get sick” due to traces of parvovirus which could have been avoided.

“I’m not making any guarantees,” Coles stressed, “But we’re hoping for the beginning of next week” for the park to reopen.

“I apologize for the inconvenience to dog owners of Ridgefield, and we’ll get it open as soon as possible,” he said. 

Tom Falconieri October 11, 2012 at 10:07 AM
If all goes well, the Bark Park could reopen as soon as next week if all traces of dog feces are cleaned up. THEIR YOU GO THE INVADERS CAUSED IT AS USUAL. They are PIGS and did not clean up after their dogs. WHAT ELSE IS NEW IN THIS TOWN?????
Peter October 11, 2012 at 08:29 PM
This entire incident disturbs me. Why was it being reported the park would close for six months? What was six months going to do? Who made that decision when no other dog park seems to have closed for six months when confronted with parvo. Now the plan has changed and the park isn't going to close for six months. I not developing a sense of confidence that we know what we are doing. Why are they still saying the area will be sprayed with bleach if at the same time the vets are saying it won't do anything? And who is paying for all this? Some people wanted some land for a dog park. Fine. But why am I paying for all these health people to look into this parvo incident. Why am I paying for the bleaching? Now I have an obligation as a taxpayers to provide bleach for other people's dog poop? Enough already!

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