Popular dog park reopens after testing found “no poisons or toxins that could harm dogs”

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Jun 02, 2022 |

Photo: Christchurch City Council

The popular dog park at The Groynes is open again after testing found no poisons or toxins that could harm dogs.

Christchurch City Council closed the dog park as a precaution on 18 May after it became aware that a dog had died suddenly after visiting the park.

However, extensive investigations have uncovered nothing within the park that could be harmful to dogs so the Council has decided it is safe to reopen it.

Council Head of Parks Andrew Rutledge said “we were very concerned to learn that a dog had died after visiting the park because safety is our number one priority. We have spent the past 10 days conducting tests and searching the area for anything that could explain why the dog died.”

“Rangers combed the park thoroughly for any signs of blue-green algae or any unusual substances present and they found nothing. While we had the park closed, we  commissioned a series of tests for toxins and poisons that would have been cause for concern.”

“Environment Canterbury tested the water in the Ōtukaikino Stream and in the muddy pond where the dogs like to play for naturally occurring algae that could be harmful if ingested, but none were detected.’’

“We also tested the stream, the pond and the water tank that is used to fill-up dogs’ drinking bowls for some other toxins and poisons, such as 1080, that could be harmful to dogs. Those tests also came back negative”

“Based on all these results and investigations, we are confident it is safe to reopen the dog park and we are looking forward to seeing people back walking their dogs in the area.’’

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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