When a hydrant with an American flag painted on it was installed in an Oregon dog park, no one thought that there would be public uproar over it.
The fire hydrant at Hondo Dog Park was painted as a tribute to Hondo, a police dog that was killed in a crossfire ten years ago while chasing a suspect.
When some local residents saw pictures of the American flag hydrant in the dog park, they were horrified at the thought of a dog urinating on it.
One resident wrote: “That gallant dog [Hondo] must be turning in his grave at the thought of the flag being desecrated every time a dog pees on that hydrant!”
The fire hydrant sculpture was removed after the park received several complaints of the possibility of dogs urinating on the American flag hydrant. Although park officials said there were no reports of any dogs urinating on the flag-themed hydrant since the park opened September 17.
Park planners did think ahead when they installed the flag hydrant. To deter dogs from urinating on it, they placed the hydrant on an 18-inch-tall base and put “dog-unfriendly” plants around the base — juniper and prickly barberry bushes.
Hillsboro dog officers and the artist who painted the hydrant said it is unfortunate that the hydrant had to be removed because of all of their hard work they did to create a tribute for Hondo.
They hope that people will change their minds when they hear how much the hydrant means to them. One officer said that Hondo did the ultimate sacrifice and deserves a tribute.
Park officials said that they are considering options of what to do with the flag-themed hydrant. They may put up a barrier or put it elsewhere, but regardless, they said it will go somewhere.
Source: The Oregonian
Photo: Associated Press