Group hopes park will go to the dogs

Neighborhood dog owners unite to bring a dog run to the South Bronx

If a group of Mott Haven dog owners can raise $5,000 there will be a dog run in St. Mary’s Park this summer.

The South Bronx Dog Owners Group will hold a fund-raiser on May 16 at the Bruckner Bar & Grill in an effort not only to raise money, but to spotlight its efforts to “make the South Bronx’s parks friendlier” for dogs and their owners.

DJ Angel De Los Santos will spin House music from 4-8 p.m. at the local gathering place. The fee of $15 at the door includes a free drink.

According to Justin Ortiz, the dog-owners group’s spokesman, the Parks Department has agreed to set aside a 60- by 40-foot lot at the park’s Southwest corner for the dog run, if the group can raise the money for fencing and benches.

A dog run, says the association’s literature would provide “a safe secure place to socialize” animals and to “share ideas and experience, and meet other dog owners in the community.”

The organization has already sponsored a mobile spay and neuter clinic at the park. It has won a $1,300 grant from the Citizens Committee for New York, and has the support of Community Board 1 for the dog run.

More information can be found on the South Bronx Dog Owners Group Web site.

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