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Local park opens just for small dogs

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Posted at 2:59 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 14:59:05-04

EAST LANSING, Mich. — There's a new place for little dogs to play in East Lansing.

The city announced the opening of a 5,625 square-foot area that will be just for small dogs.

The fenced-in park is located at the Northern Tail Dog Park on Abbot Road.

"We are excited for the opening of this new amenity at the Northern Tail Dog Park," said East Lansing Parks, Recreation & Arts Assistant Director Wendy Wilmers Longpre. "This is something the community has expressed a need for and it certainly adds to the quality of life in our wonderful community."

The new area is just for pups weighing less than 22 pounds to run off leash and play together.

The park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.

It's free and open to anyone in the community.

Rules apply to the small dog park just like they do to the big dog area.

No dogs in heat are permitted, they mus be 4 months old or older, people cannot have more than 2 dogs per person, and you must carry one leash for each dog at all times.

Dogs must also be under voice control at all times, and have a current, valid dog license or proof of rabies vaccination.

Children under 9 are not allowed in the off-leash park. If your child is between 9 -14 they can be there, as long as you are there too.

You have to bring your own poop bags and clean up after your dogs.

As a dog owner, you assume any liability for any injury or damage to any person, animal or property.

The park prohibits these dog behaviors:
digging
biting
barking
excessively, sexual displays
showing signs of aggression towards humans or other dogs

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