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Off leash dog area now open at Suggs Park

By Jennifer CaseyBring Your Dog to the Park

Suggs Park at 163 E. South Street has a spacious and recently updated off leash area for Collierville residents to enjoy with their dogs.

It includes many amenities, including a water fountain, dog waste bags, large shade trees, and separate areas for large and small dogs.

Open daily from dawn until dusk, the Off Leash Area at Suggs Park is ready and available for your four legged friend.

For everyone’s enjoyment and safety, there are rules that must be followed when visiting the Off Leash Area.

The most important ordinance is that every dog must have a current rabies vaccination. Rabies is on the rise in Tennessee, and while it hasn’t spread very far west, middle and eastern parts of the state have become victim to this unnerving trend. Our pets are at the most risk to contract rabies, and by giving them their annual vaccination, we are keeping them and our community much safer.

Residents are required to obtain a Town of Collierville rabies tag for pets. This ordinance is in place for your benefit; if your pet is ever lost and taken to the shelter, he/she will be returned home much faster. On the last two Saturdays in April, Shelby County holds a Rabies Drive to help animals receive annual rabies vaccinations.

The Collierville Animal Shelter will also participate in the drive and will even provide micro-chipping through the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The Collierville Animal Shelter will also be hosting a Dog Park 101 seminar in March.

This weekend class will be lead by professional trainers who will ease any hesitations about bringing your dog to an off leash park. Stay tuned for dates and times for this event.

• For general information about Collierville Animal Services, visit collierville.com/Departments/Animal-Services.

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