Wash Humane Society-Poison Scare Unfounded

The Washington Humane Society issued the following statement yesterday about the incident of dog poisoning in Logan Circle.


                                                            July 1, 2013
                                                                                                Media Contact:
ChristieLyn Diller
Dir. of Marketing & Communications
Poisoned Pill Pockets Unfounded

Washington, DC – On Thursday, June 27, 2013 the Washington Humane Society (WHS) was alerted to the claim that someone was alleged to be leaving poisoned dog treats in the Logan Circle area of Washington, DC.

“After a thorough investigation by our Humane Law Enforcement division, we cannot substantiate the claim that there is anyone out there intentionally attempting to harm pets,” Scott Giacoppo, WHS VP of External Affairs reports, adding, “Our investigation has revealed that one dog has been reported sick from the consumption of an unknown toxin. After a thorough investigation, which included outreach to every veterinary clinic in the District, we have received no evidence to indicate that this was intentional, happened in a public space or that there may be a threat to animal safety.”
Humane Law Enforcement Officers have been in contact with the owner of the dog who has gotten sick. Based on his limited cooperation, and the lack of direct evidence to support the claim, WHS has decided to close the investigation. Humane Law Enforcement will re-open the case if and when additional evidence is discovered.
WHS maintains that pet owners should always be cautious of potentially hazardous materials when walking pets in public areas. Dr. Megan McAndrew, WHS Medical Director, advises that you bring your pet to a veterinarian immediately if you notice signs of nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, weakness, rapid or difficult breathing, or pale, dark or blue gums within 12 hours after your pet may have eaten an unknown substance.
WHS will be holding a press conference at 2:00pm this afternoon for additional information:
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The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States and has been the leading voice for animals in the District of Columbia since 1870. WHS provides protection and care to nearly 30,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services including: sheltering, adoption, humane law enforcement, spay and neuter, humane education, human – animal rehabilitation programs, and lost and found services. For more information, please visit www.washhumane.org.

Logan Circle Poison Warning

This week a Shaw Dog Park visitor and list serve member reported a disturbing incident of poisoning in the neighborhood.

During a walk around the Logan Circle neighborhood, his dog ingested a toxic quantity of acetaminophen, disguised in a “pill pocket”.

The dog survived but endured over a week in the hospital and a blood transfusion.

Please be careful when walking your dog.

  • Use a short leash
  • Pay attention

For additional information

If you have any information about this or other cases of animal cruelty or neglect, contact the Washington Humane Society202-BE-HUMANE (202-234-8626)


June Meeting Date Change

The June meeting of the SDPA has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 27, 2013.

Same time and place: Hotel Helix, 7:30 p.m.

Ask at the front desk or bar for meeting room location.


June Events at the Shaw Dog Park

Shaw Dog Park Open House

Wednesday, June 5, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Join the Shaw Dog Park Association on Wednesday night for an informal meet & greet and info session. The association management committee will be on hand to answer questions, recruit volunteers, and sell tshirts, of course.

June Clean-up Hour

Saturday, June 15, 10-11 a.m.

It’s clean-up time again. Spare just an hour of your time to help with basic maintenance tasks such as sweeping, picking up trash and caring for trees.

June Meeting of Shaw Dog Park Association (at Hotel Helix)

Wednesday, June 19, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

All welcome to attend the monthly meeting at the Hotel Helix.  Ask at the front desk or bar for meeting room location.




May meeting date moved to May 22

May Meeting:  Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 p.m., at the Hotel Helix

New Date: Wednesday, May 22, 7:30 p.m. at Hotel Helix

(ask at front desk or bar for meeting room location)

May Clean-up: Saturday, May 18, 10-11 a.m., at the park


Animal Health Fair / Vaccine & Licensing Clinic

Come to the dog park on Saturday for the D.C. Department of Health’s annual Animal Health Fair.

1:30-4:00 p.m. at the Shaw Dog Park.

For additional locations and dates, see D.C. Department of Health flyer.


Drag Bingo on May 2 at Nellie’s

Arrive by 6:30 to help fill our table of 25

Proceeds will help the park replace two dead trees and shade canopy.


Can’t make it but still want to help? Click on the donate button to the left to make a donation via PayPal.


Best Practices – Kids

Please think twice about bringing your small child to the dog park.

It can be a scary and dangerous place for a child, even one who is generally comfortable with dogs.

Remember that the park is primarily a place for dogs to do dog things off-leash. That means run, herd, sniff, etc.

If you do decide to bring your kids,

1. Keep them close and

2. Never let them run

For some helpful tips about bringing kids to dog parks, see

April Dog Park Events

Mark your calendar for two important Shaw Dog Park Association events

1. April Park Clean-up Saturday, April 20, 11-noon

Take advantage of these beautiful Spring days to help keep your park in working order.  It takes only a small amount of time and effort with many helping.

2. April meeting of the SPDA – Wednesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.

Join us at the Hotel Helix for this month’s meeting of the Shaw Dog Park Association. The construction of the new Shaw middle school and its impact on the dog park will be discussed.

For more information on either event, see the Calendar page.

Shaw Middle School Announcement

Yesterday ANC 6E01 Commissioner Alex Padro announced the new DC city budget includes plans to replace the old Shaw Middle School with a new school on the existing property.

It is not clear what this will mean for the Shaw Dog Park, which resides on the old school’s grounds. We will monitor the developments carefully and keep you informed.

SPDA President Brad Scarborough’s response to the announcement:


I just saw your announcement regarding the replacement of Shaw Middle at the site of the existing Shaw Middle school. While the Shaw Dog Park community is excited for this announcement, we are also a little concerned about the future of the dog park. We want to reach out to you early and often to make certain that Shaw Dog Park can always be an active voice in supporting both a new school as well as maintaining an accessible dog park for the Shaw community. We look forward to working with you and the City Council as this project moves forward. If there is any additional information you can share regarding this announcement please do.Thanks again for all of your support of Shaw Dog Park!

Bradley Scarborough
President, Shaw Dog Park Association