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Multiple dogs critical or dead after visiting Parker dog park

Natasha Lovato

Natasha Lovato / NewsBreak Denver

(Parker, Colo.) Authorities are investigating after a visit to Newlin Meadows Dog Park in Parker sent multiple canines to the emergency vet.

On May 25, Mardee Brosh, Newlin Meadows Homeowners Association president, stated that at least one confirmed canine death and multiple reports of severe illness were reported after the dogs visited the community park.

“We have confirmed that the problem is not coming from substances applied by either our landscaping company or pest control service,” Brosh said.

After previous reports in Aurora of wild chives causing severe dog illness, Brosh confirmed checking the parks for wild chives, and none were found at the Newlin Meadows Park.

Brosh is working with the Parker Police Department and the Douglas County Health Department to identify the source of the problem.

In the meantime, Parker PD and the Health Department have recommendations to stay vigilant and safe:

  • If your pet has been sick after visiting the parks, contact Parker Police at 303-841-9800 with details on when it happened and the outcome.
  • Use caution with dogs in the parks by keeping them leashed at all times to ensure they don’t eat or lick anything.
  • Report anything unusual in or near the park to the Newlin Meadows HOA or Parker PD. 

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