Dog owner blames park for sick pets

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque woman says something the city is doing at a local dog park is making pets sick.

It’s a problem she says starts with over watering.

Tennis ball in hand, Sheila O’Quirke and her dog Carla spend a lot of time outside.

“I’ve been coming to the Bullhead Dog Park since last July,” O’Quirke said.

That’s the U.S.S. Bullhead Dog Park near Gibson and San Pedro.

Ever since O’Quirke has been coming, she’s had a bit of a bone to pick with the city.

“They’re pools of water which a lot of the dogs like to jump in and play around in.”

Sounds about right for a dog, doesn’t it? But O’Quirke said the puddles are full of doggie droppings and says the run-off comes from over-watering by the city.

Others agree.

“In the mornings, it’s just a swamp,” Rashada Parks said.

“It’s definitely always an ongoing concern with this,” James Dunn said.

Dunn is the parks superintendent for the city.

“It’s a delicate balancing act where were trying to keep the water where it doesn’t pond in the parks,” Dunn said.

And when it does, O’Quirke says dogs go for a drink.

“My dog and I know several other people have talked about their dogs getting sick from drinking that water,” O’Quirke said.

She says she’s called the city over and over again.

“I’m not the only one that has called 311. A few of us have called 311.”

“We feel like we haven’t been heard.”

So when we called the city, they sent over a crew to fill in some of those puddles.

“It makes me feel a lot better to be heard and that something is actually being done about it,” O’Quirke said.

Keeping these pups and their owners happy at least for now.

O’Quirke says U.S.S. Bullhead Park is watered up to three times a week and she thinks that’s too much.

Others say they would like to see the sprinklers run at night so that things dry up before the crowds show up.

If you see any problems at Albuquerque parks, call 311. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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