Tessie Bradbury’s Yorkshire terrier Winston was attacked by another dog on Aug. 12 at Flying Cloud Dog Park. Winston died following the attack.
On Tuesday Bradbury spoke at the Eden Prairie City Council meeting, thanking the community for its support and saying that a designated area for small dogs is needed at the park.
“I felt and heard my dogs’ final breath before he died,” Bradbury said. “We are here to take action for our dog Winston.”
Bradbury said that she had already been working with Parks and Recreation Director Jay Lotthammer about coming up with a plan.
“We are very pleased with their willingness to help us advocate for change,” she said.
Bradbury said that putting another dog down would not bring Winston back. She said that building a fence could prevent another family from going through what they went through.
“We will do whatever it takes,” she said, mentioning petitions or fundraising.
Lotthammer said that the city is looking into the change, including an entrance that would separate the dogs. The city will post information at the dog park and is also requesting community input regarding the suggestions.
Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens told Bradbury, “The way you’re dealing with this is really admirable.”
According to Joyce Lorenz, communications manager for the city of Eden Prairie, the incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m. Aug. 12. Police received a call reporting an incident at Flying Cloud Dog Park, 7171 Flying Cloud Drive.
The incident was reported by a witness at 7:10 p.m. Shortly after, the owner of the dog that was the aggressor called police to report the incident as well. The owner of the aggressor dog is a Hopkins resident.
Police are investigating to determine whether any city ordinances or state statutes were violated, Lorenz said.
— Karla Wennerstrom
and Patty Dexter