Injury at Vernon dog park causes pet owner to question safety at Marshall Fields – Reuters

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A Lake Country woman is warning other dog owners after her pet was seriously injured at a Vernon dog park.

Stefanie Miller says she took her two dogs to the off-leash park along the creek in Marshall Fields on August 4, and that’s when Izzie the Weimaraner walked into what Miller believes to be a groundhog hole and broke his leg.

“The dogs were having a blast…it’s an absolutely beautiful place,” Miller says.

“All of a sudden, Izzie fell down screaming.”

Miller says the seven-year-old dog suffered a complicated fracture involving multiple bones in his right front wrist and one of the long bones in his leg.

Miller immediately took his pet to the emergency vet on duty, the leg was placed in a cast with surgery to follow and then rehabilitation.

In total, she faces veterinary bills of around $10,000.

Miller says she “barely affords it,” but mostly wants to warn other pet owners to beware of danger.

She contacted the city of Vernon and said that “if they provide a safe space for the dogs, they should fill in the gaps or whatever they have to do.”

“I don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” she added.

Meanwhile, Izzie will be in a splint for three months after surgery which requires a bone graft and then another month of rehabilitation.

“She’s pretty uncomfortable,” Miller said.

She said she was shocked to learn from another dog walker at the park that hers was the second dog of the week to have a broken leg.

“We are working hard to find the funds to support our otherwise healthy beautiful daughter,” she said.

“I don’t want anyone else to suffer the same fate.”

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