FREMONT, Calif. - The City of Fremont has temporarily closed its Central Dog Park due to possible contamination that could be dangerous to pets.
Fremont's Animal Services Unit and Community Services Department were informed on Monday, November 6, 2017, that a dog whom frequents park located at 1740 Stevenson Boulevard, may have been diagnosed with Leptospirosis.
The city has not been able to verify the information. The Central Park Dog Park was scheduled for closure this week, prior to notification of a potential contamination, for normal routine cleaning and maintenance. In response to this information, the city says extra cleaning precautions and advisories are being taken as an added safeguard. The Central Park Dog Park will remain closed until this work is completed.
Leptospirosis is a bacteria commonly spread through the urine of infected animals, including wildlife. The bacteria lives in water and soil and is often transmitted via contaminated stagnant water, such as marshes, muddy areas and puddles. Dogs typically come into contact with the Leptospira bacteria while swimming, passing through, or drinking contaminated water. They can also acquire it if they come into direct contact with urine from an infected animal. The bacteria can be transmitted to humans.
Fremont Animal Services advises concerned pet owners to contact their veterinarian to assure that their pets are currently vaccinated against Leptospirosis.
The city suggests pet owners help minimize the risk of contamination by bringing their own water bowl and taking it home them.