Vancouver dog park closed after vandals strike

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — The Ross Dog Park will remain closed indefinitely pending repairs after officials found the park had been vandalized.

Damage to the fence at the Ross Dog Park in Vancouver, Wash. (KOIN)
Damage to the fence at the Ross Dog Park in Vancouver, Wash. (KOIN)

A fence that keeps the dogs protected from the nearby road has been dug up and knocked over.

The fences that led into the park remain locked and a sign posted at the main entrance states there is no timeline for re-opening.

Kelly Slocum and her 10-month old black lab, Rue, found the park closed Tuesday morning. They had to turn around and go home.

“Clearly, she really wants to get out of the truck,” Slocum said. “She knows where we are.”

There is now a reward of up to $25,000 cash for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone found responsible for the damage.

“To vandalize this is like kicking a puppy,” Slocum said.

The park, which is on property located at Northeast 15th and Northeast Ross Street is owned and maintained by the Bonneville Power Administration.

Sign posted at Ross Dog Park in Vancouver, Wash. (KOIN)
Sign posted at Ross Dog Park in Vancouver, Wash. (KOIN)

A spokesman for BPA said they are still assessing how much damage was done and trying to work with PAWS to determine how much it will cost to repair the damage.

Officials believe the damage was done sometime over the weekend and was discovered by BPA security during routine patrols.

The crime witness tip line for BPA is 1800-437-2744

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