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Posted on: February 4, 2019

Public Notice from Emma Prusch Farm Park

Dear Community and Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I report the loss of five goats and 18 roaming fowl at Emma Prusch Farm Park. The loss was caused by two dogs who gained access to the park while it was closed in the early morning hours of February 4. While we feel an immense amount of sadness, the park remains open as there is no public safety risk.

We understand our community and staff share incredible bonds with the animals at Emma Prusch Farm Park. Despite preventive measures implemented in early 2018, which included reinforcing the pasture area’s wooden fence enclosure, the dogs found a gap next to a gate and were able to reach the goats. We also demolished older vulnerable chicken coops and rebuilt two, but the dogs went after the free-roaming fowl that are not part of the park’s collection.

Currently, we are in the process of enhancing security in the park which will include cameras. While we are still investigating the incident, we are taking the following measures to enhance safety:
  • Checking the perimeter fence line and repairing any holes or gaps. Fence inspections are on-going with low dirt spots filled as part of our regular park maintenance.
  • Securing shelter for the Emma Prusch resident animal collection in the Small Animal Area
  • Placing free-roaming fowl in trailer and coops
  • Notifying partner organizations including Emma Prusch Foundation, 4-H Barn Users, and Veggielution
  • Coordinating with 4H Barn users to shelter their barn animals in livestock trailers onsite
  • Contracting to do a detailed inspection of the security perimeter fence around the Barn and animal areas
  • Arranging for overnight security from 6 pm – 6 am
  • Contacting USDA for recommendations on our enclosures
  • Animal Care Services will set out traps and is conducting an investigation
Please know, the safety of our animals and guests are our top priorities. We will provide you with the most current information as it becomes available.

Thank you for your continued support and patronage.

Jon Cicirelli
Acting Director

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