2009-03-06 / Top Stories

A Dog Mauled Again At Freeway Dog Park

By Nicholas Briano

For the second time in the past year a dog was seriously injured at the Freeway Dog Park in Rockaway Beach, in both cases, leaving the owner looking for the assailant.

Stacey Pascal says that she brought her fouryear old mixed-breed, Maggie, to the park on Beach 81 Street and Rockaway Freeway on Wednesday, February 25 at about 5:30 p.m. Within seconds, she says, a dog that she thinks is either a Great Dane or Neapolitan Mastiff attacked her dog.

Now she can't find either the woman who is responsible or the dog, despite the fact that she has looked all over the western end of the peninsula. The assailant's owner, Pascal claims, said that Maggie looked fine and insisted it wasn't her fault.

"I asked the lady for her information and she said she was not going to pay any bills and it was my fault," Pascal said.

"It can't be possible. Owners should not have an aggressive, vicious dog at the park." As a result, Pascal must fork over more than $2000 in veterinary bills from the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways, to which Pascal was forced to rush her puppy. "This woman should be responsible in its entirety. My dog was bleeding profusely and these animals just walked out with no concern." Her terror began when she first walked into

the park and saw three dogs — the attacker and two other smaller dogs of the same breed but different colors, one black and the other reddish brown. The Neapolitan- Mastiff was grey, according to Pascal.

Stacey Pascal's four-year-old dog, Maggie suffered five puncture wounds around her neck after being attacked inside the Freeway Dog Park in Rockaway Beach. Stacey Pascal's four-year-old dog, Maggie suffered five puncture wounds around her neck after being attacked inside the Freeway Dog Park in Rockaway Beach. When Pascal entered the park with her dog, the two smaller dogs approached and smelled her dog. Pascal claims she barely got through the gate of the park when suddenly the grey Neapolitan Mastiff viciously attacked her Rat Terrier-Corgi mix, biting at her three separate times causing five puncture wounds.

Pascal called the police and says they arrived too late to be of any assistance for her bleeding dog, taking more than 15 minutes to arrive.

"These assailants left in a black SUV, older model, as I pressed my hand to my dog's injury to keep the blood from spurting out," Pascal recalls from that day. "They would not give their names, laughing as they walked out. My dog is at the vet with extensive injuries, needing surgery."

Stacey Pascal, whose dog, Maggie, was mauled in Freeway Dog Park on February 25, is looking for help in locating the attacking dog's owner. Stacey Pascal, whose dog, Maggie, was mauled in Freeway Dog Park on February 25, is looking for help in locating the attacking dog's owner. Pascal says the owner was in her middle 20s, about 5'5", pale skin and pudgy face. She is hoping that someone will come forward if they saw something that day that would help her in locating the owner.

"That Park should be closed down, because there is no supervision and clearly people let their vicious, aggressive dogs loose and have not a care," Pascal said. "At the very least there should be cameras because I am told this has happened before. Selfish people that do not have a care for others and that disobey all the rules get away with it over and over."

Last May, another puppy, only six months old, was viciously attacked in the park and nearly died. In that inccident also, the attacking dog's owner wasn't located until more than a week later.

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I agree. My white boxer was mauled by a Shepard mix in the park last year. We were able to track down the owner and she paid the vet bills through her attorney (yet never apologized). We later found out that our dog was the 3rd attacked by this same dog. Irresponsible owners should be held accountable for the actions of their dogs!


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