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September 13, 2010 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon invites dog owners to visit the Wells Park “off leash” dog areas. “It’s perfect for those who live in a house, apartment or condo with little or no yard,” said Monica Zech, public information officer for El Cajon—and a proud dog owner.


“Maybe the lack of yard space has prevented you from getting a dog? No problem, we have a 1.4 acre “off leash” dog area that is separated into an area for large dogs and another for smaller/shy breeds with plenty of room to play in a safe controlled environment,” she added.


The fenced-in facilities are handicapped accessible with shade trees, a shelter area and a specially designed water fountain just for dogs. If you work late, lighting allows you to utilize the dog park area at night.


Built in 2004, this off leash dog area allows your dog the opportunity to socialize with other dogs. Online reviews from the public have commented that it’s “best” dog park in the County, said Zech.


Wells Park is located at 1153 East Madison Avenue. The Park is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


There are guidelines that pet owners need to follow in order to use the park, such as picking up after your dog, and ensuring your dog gets along well with other dogs. Any dog(s) exhibiting aggressive or unruly behavior are required to be removed immediately by its’ owner/handler. Female dogs in season are not allowed at the facility. Dog owners/handlers are personally responsible and legally responsible for their dogs and legally liable for dog bites.


Dogs may only be off a leash within the designated fenced area. Dogs must have a current license that must be on the dog’s collar. For more information please call Wells Center at (619) 441-1680.


Don’t yet have a dog? Adopt a pet at the El Cajon Animal Shelter, located at 1275 N. Marshall in El Cajon, a few blocks north of Fletcher Parkway.

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ONLY for well behaved dogs...

If your dog won't return to you at first call, regardless of what's interesting him/her, DON'T come.

"it’s the “best” dog park in the County" because everyone knows everyone, and because all the dogs are well behaved and non-agressive breeds. Dog beach and many other popular parks have been taken over by pit owners and akita owners and generally ill-behaved dogs owners, and is generally the place you go when you want your dog to get in a fight.

It'll break my heart if THIS park suddenly gets innundated with pits and aggressive dogs and sloppy owners who can't control and haven't trained their dogs, just because you felt a need to promote it, when it's always already full.

Ignorance rears it's ugly head

I agree with the majority of your comments about the park, especially about bad owners who don't train their dogs and let them do what they please. Where I have to disagree though is where you are stereotyping Pit Bulls and other specific breeds because of the bad rap they get in the press (which is always to do with bad owners). I have a 6 year old American Pit Bull Terrier and she is one of the sweetest dogs you'll ever meet. She has been trained since a puppy to be a loving family dog, and she has been just that. Please don't put down a specific breed of dog just because you know nothing about them except what you hear on TV! Just an ending note: almost all of Michael' Vick's "fighting" pit bulls have been rehabilitated and adopted by loving families. - It's the owner's fault for the training, not the dog's!