Flag Hydrant Reinstalled In Oregon Dog Park

Fire Hydrant

Earlier this week, an American flag-painted fire hydrant was removed from an Oregon dog park due to complaints from local residents that dogs would urinate on the hydrant. Now, the fire hydrant is back in the dog park and has been reinstalled.

After the hydrant was removed, the park department received many responses from dog owners and war veterans supporting the fire hydrant, which is a tribute to Hondo, a police dog killed in the line of duty. They wrote that the hydrant does not disrespect Hondo, the US flag or K-9 officers.

“While hydrants are playfully associated with dogs as a ‘target,’ this hydrant was specifically designed and painted to serve as a very personal tribute to a service animal killed in the line of duty,” said a Hillsboro parks spokeswoman.

A fence will be installed around the flag hydrant to prevent dogs from using it.

Source: Associated Press

Photo: The Oregonian

9 Responses to “Flag Hydrant Reinstalled In Oregon Dog Park”

  1. Lynne says:

    Cool. That was much ado about nothing.

  2. Lynn says:

    Good idea to reinstall. It’s where this hydrant belongs.

  3. Bridgett says:

    Good, I am glad the hydrant is where it belongs.

  4. Ruth says:

    The smart thing the city could have done would have been to set up on its city website a vote of removing or keeping the fire hydrant.

    The city wouldn’t have wasted money on removing or putting it back.

    How much did it cost the city? What a waste of spending city money. For crying out loud……use your brain-power if you have any. Shame on you….

  5. straybaby says:

    dang, that’s a nice looking dog park!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Umm, here hoping that there isn’t any ensuing law suit from the opposition.
    That is one NICE dog park!

  7. Sky Eyes Woman says:

    “A fence will be installed around the flag hydrant to prevent dogs from using it.”

    See, that’s all they had to do to get people to stop complaining about it. I don’t see anything wrong with the hydrant if the dogs can’t pee on it.

  8. Me says:

    THANK goodness the city/park came to it’s senses and put it back where it belongs. Just cause a FEW people complain doesn’t mean the other 87,897 people in Hillsboro don’t want the hydrant there. If you took a vote, I guarantee 99.5% of people would NOT have an issue with the hydrant.

    Gotta make everyone happy I guess so had to spend more money to put up the fence to satisfy those that have nothing to do but COMPLAIN!

    What a beautiful hydrant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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