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Girl Scouts refurbish Eden Prairie dog park after Yorkie's death

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (KMSP) -

Changes are coming for a popular Eden Prairie, Minn. dog park after Winston the 7-pound Yorkie was attacked and killed by a larger breed one year ago on Tuesday.

After their 7-pound Yorkie, Winston, was mauled to death by a dog 10 times his size, Tessie and Scott Bradbury made it their mission to make sure it would never happen to anyone else. Tessie Bradbury appealed to the Eden Prairie City Council convincing them the Flying Cloud Dog Park should have a segregated area for small and frail dogs.

“Being here right now it makes me really sad knowing that this is where everything happened,” Tessie Bradbury said. “But it also makes me very happy knowing that I'm sitting within the fencing of the new small dog park in Eden Prairie.”

Moved by Winston's story, a group of Girl Scouts decided to take on the dog park as a service project after a fence from an old ball park made its way to the new park.

“I'm getting wood and I'm putting wood on all the agility equipment and making sure it's not all rotten and unsafe for the dogs,” Jessica Larson said.

The Girl Scouts talked with dog owners at the park to see what improvements could be made and tasked themselves with refurbishing the agility equipment and making improvements to other dog parks in the city as well.

“It just makes me feel so relieved how the community has really come together from such a tragedy, to make me feel okay to bring my dog here,” Tessie Bradbury added.

Winston's family donated a bench in his honor with a grand reopening slated for later in September.

“To us, this will always be Winston's park, but in terms of the dedication, we really want to keep the focus on the Girl Scouts,” Bradbury said.

 

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