SOUTH OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A ringworm outbreak has closed an off-leash dog park for good.
The Club Heights dog park at 4150 South Palmer Drive in South Ogden closed their doors because of an outbreak of ringworm that was tied to the park.
"We only went there once and he got it," said Jessica Miller, a worried owner, awaiting test results for her lab.
Ringworm is a fungal infection that can be contracted from spores in the ground, other infected animals and even from animals to people. And when the outbreak hits people, children are the most susceptible.
But Miller is not too concerned because she doesn’t have children and is healthy.
“So we're not super concerned about it because we don't have kids and we're like heathy adults and we have good immune systems... And we've haven't gotten anything yet," said Miller.
Five other dogs also have ringworm and they all went to the dog park too. Kris Rutledge, another dog owner had two dogs that visited the park and he says he is glad they are closing the park.
"We were all sad but it's a good reason to close down, if there is a communicable disease... It should be closed," said Rutledge.
But Dustin Linker, another dog owner in Ogden says it's a drag and hopes to find another place for his dogs to play without a leash.
“Hopefully the end result is, they keep these things going, because its a pretty cool thing to do," said Linker.
The South Ogden Police Chief says they’re working to nail down the source of the ringworm outbreak.