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Dallas dog park's pit bull policy upsets owners

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A private Dallas dog park's policy regarding pit bulls upsets some dog owners.

Mutt's Canine Cantina in Uptown Dallas opened Wednesday. It combines a bar and restaurant, with dog parks for large and small dogs.

The urban dog park's insurance provider initially used the breed restrictions of many residential buildings, including chow, doberman, rottweiler, malamute, husky, german sheperd, pit bull and shar pei.

After public backlash, Mutt's altered the restriction to only include pit bulls off their leash.

"Having the insurance company work with us, they did a lot of research and they set policies that they felt comfortable with," Kyle Noonan, Mutt's Canine Cantina, said. "We were able to go back and let them feel a little bit more comfortable with loosening some of the policies."

Dallas Dog Life blogger Yvonne Ybarra, who posted about the restrictive policy on Facebook, hopes Mutt's will look into getting another, more inclusive insurer.

"There are other companies, it's just a matter of what you want, you can find a supplier to give you what you want," Ybarra said.

She owns a pit bull, two chihuahas and a pekingese.

"Not all pit bulls are bad, not all labradors are wonderful dogs," Ybarra said, "that's just the way it is."

Mutt's says it understands owners' passion for their canines, but the park is just following the rules it was given.

"We really want to make sure we make as many people as happy as possible," Noonan said, "and be as fair and judicious as possible."

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