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Reno-Area Dog Park Closes For Summer Amid 4-Year Drought

  

(AP) - Thousands of pet owners near Reno are going to need a new place to take their dogs to run them off-leash as parks officials close a popular 25-acre pasture for the summer amid drought concerns.

The Reno Gazette Journal reports officials expect the Rancho San Rafael Regional Park's irrigation water source to be cut off any day by decreasing water levels in the Truckee River.

The county-owned land has been used as a dog park since 2001, and peak days can see between 500 and 800 visitors.

Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space district manager Andy Mink says long-term damage is likely if dogs are allowed to continue to use the pasture after it goes dormant this summer.