Prohibit Young Children From Mugrage Dog Park

Prohibit Young Children From Mugrage Dog Park

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David Vano started this petition to Medina County Park District

With increasing frequency, toddlers and young children are being brought into the off-leash large dog area in Mugrage Park in Medina, Ohio.  This is a clearly dangerous situation and we don't want to see a child seriously injured.

By supporting this petition, we are requesting prohibiting children under 10 years of age from entering the off-leash dog park area.

Not every dog resides in a household alongside a child.  And not every dog is comfortable with a toddler who, by nature, moves erratically and awkwardly, utters high-pitched sounds, and frequently carries objects in their hands, be it a stick, drink, or even food.   Additionally, these children have no awareness of a dog’s body language and have no problem running towards the dog with arms wide open.
 
I’ve seen adults get taken out at the knee by multiple 100+ pound dogs chasing each other at top speed.   As a adults, we generally know how to react.  Children?  No so much.   Even if the child's guardians aren't liable for their injuries, it is not fair to the dogs.
 
Mugrage is a wonderful place with a variety of safe, family friendly places for children to enjoy.  Why are we allowing small children in a potentially unsafe environment where the dog's owner is liable for the child’s safety?
 

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