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ROB AND ADRIANA SANTINI, San Clemente

My husband and I have encountered an issue with the use of the small dog park by large dogs. We’ve been San Clemente residents for over 10 years. We have run into a dead end and have been given the runaround by the City of San Clemente regarding this ongoing issue that has yet to be addressed.

There are two designated areas for dogs. The larger dogs have now invaded the small dog park. 

In my opinion, many of the large dog owners are being disrespectful in not abiding by the rules, and they’ve practically taken over the small dog park.

Myself, as well as other small dog owners are feeling threatened by the presence of the large dogs and their owners whenever they’re asked to adhere to the code of the small dog park. 

It seems nobody in the City of San Clemente wants to take any sort of responsibility to enforce the code violation. I’m being told that it’s up to me to take my small dog “at my own risk.” It’s like going into the lion’s den!

I’ve been in touch with the director of Parks, Beaches, and Recreation, as well as our law enforcement, and also the Park Rangers, all to no avail.

I am at a loss as to what I can do to enjoy the small dog park without anxiety that my small dog would get hurt in any sort of way by the larger dogs.

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