I am writing this letter to you with a broken heart. This past Friday, March 21st, as the result of a horrible incident at Altisima Park, our Chihuahua had to be put down. While the incident resulted in the loss of our pet, the incident could have resulted in serious injury to my wife, me, a child, or another adult at the park instead. The horrible incident could have been avoided had the other park patrons considered the safety of others as they practiced baseball at the park. I thank you in advance for carefully reading this letter and considering actions that should be taken to ensure the safety of the patrons of SAMLARC parks and other recreational facilities.
This past Thursday, March 20th around 7 p.m., my wife and I were walking
along with our pet Chihuahua around Altisima Park. At the same time, there was a father along
with his teenager practicing baseball.
The father was hitting the ball with a bat for his son to catch. The father was hitting the ball from within
the field toward his son, whom was standing close to a walkway, outside of the
fenced area; please see the enclosed aerial photograph and diagram showing
their approximate locations. Well, just
as we were passing behind the son, the father hit a ball towards his son, the
son didn’t catch it, and the ball hit our little pet on her head. The hit knocked her out immediately and she
began bleeding profusely out of her nose and mouth. The man then walked up to the fence and from
there shouted he was sorry. We had no
other choice but to immediately rush our pet to the emergency animal hospital,
where the veterinarian indicated our dog had a major head injury; attached
is a copy of the veterinarian’s evaluation of our pet. The following day, on Friday, March 21st, 21
hours after the horrible incident, our pet was put down because there was no
hope for our little lovely pet according to the veterinarian. She never came out of the semi-comma state
she entered into after being hit by that ball at Altisima Park.
This horrible incident could have easily been prevented had the father
and son duo not been hitting and catching the
ball near an area designated for people to walk on. Or if the father, at the very least, had
stopped hitting the ball toward his son when my wife, our pet, and I approached
the area where their ball could land.
I am writing this letter to you not to complain but to let you know that
patrons of SAMLARC parks and other recreational facilities should be reminded
of existing safety regulations that could have prevented this horrible
incident. If such regulations do not
already exist, then I urge you to please establish rules for the facilities
patrons to follow during the use of the facilities, which are supposed to be
for the safe enjoyment of everyone in our neighborhoods. I frequent this park
many times a week and I was looking forward to taking my grandson there to play;
he is just two months old. This incident
has made me aware of the dangers of the park and has also made me concerned for
my grandson’s safety and the safety of others.
I thank you in advance for your careful attention to this matter. I urge
you to consider issuing a reminder to the community about existing safety
regulations or establishing new ones that could prevent similar incidents in the
future. In addition, it is important that
a method of enforcing those rules be set up for the safety of the community.
I look forward to hearing from you regarding the actions that will be
implemented to prevent other incidents in the future.