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WILKES-BARRE – Gate latches at a dog park where a Chihuahua was mauled by three larger canines on Nov. 20 and later died will be inspected to prevent a similar incident, said Marijo Carozzoni, chairwoman of Wyoming Valley Dog Owners Group.

Carozzoni said all fences and latches will be examined today at the dog park located at Hollenback Park on North Washington Street. Wyoming Valley Dog Owners Group manages the dog park.

A Chihuahua was mauled by three mixed Alaskan Malamutes that crossed from an area for larger dogs to a cage for small dogs. The larger dogs were left unattended by David Cannon of Plains Township.

We're having the company that installed the fences and gates come (today) and look at what other things can be done to make it safer, Carozzoni said.

The dog park opened about four years ago.

Carozzoni said it is the first time a dog had mauled another at the park.

She said Cannon, who could not be reached for comment Wednesday, voluntarily agreed to no longer bring his dogs to the park.

She said Cannon was a frequent visitor and often helped keep the park clean.

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