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Caddo Sheriff's painting to be sold in support of dog park

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Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator painted this artwork for the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance and presented to the group during the "Pup Rally" that was held in front of Government Plaza in July. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator painted this artwork for the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance and presented to the group during the "Pup Rally" that was held in front of Government Plaza in July.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Some artwork painted by Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator will be featured at an upcoming dog park fundraiser.

In support of efforts to bring a dog park to Shreveport, Prator painted a picture of Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover being tied down by dogs. The artwork appears to be a take on the tale of Gulliver's Travels, with pups pulling on ropes over the likeness of an oversized Glover. The mayor has so far resisted funding the park over other initiatives he has said should take priority.

It was painted for the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance and presented to the group during the "Pup Rally" that was held in front of Government Plaza in July.

According to Cynthia Keith, director of the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance, Prator's print "is nothing more than a political cartoon and is in no way meant to be offensive. The Sheriff said he paints from his heart, and he understands the benefits a dog park can bring to a community."

"The parish has been involved in the process of securing the first dog park and was an integral part of the process of creating the new ordinance to allow dogs to be off-leash in designated areas such as dog parks. Caddo Parish is in charge of Animal Control, thereby keeping involvement with future dog parks," Keith explains.

Now, 75 prints of the painting will be sold for a $30 each donation at an upcoming "Wine & Whine, a Dog Park Art Affair," another event in support of the push for a park catering to dogs and their owners at Hamel Memorial Park. Sheriff Prator has promised to personalize each purchased print at the event, set for September 22 at the Karpeles Museum, from 4 - 7 p.m.

To order a print, message the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance Facebook page, or contact the alliance online at www.shreveportdogpark.org.

Prator's painting won't be the only art at the "Wine & Whine" event. For $15 dollars at the door, attendees and their dogs can enjoy a stroll in the artwork-lined garden and indoor theater area of the Karpeles Museum, as well as purchase local paintings, prints, photographs, pillows, jewelry and more, all while helping the dog park efforts at the same time.

The Karpeles Museum is at 3201 Centenary Boulevard in Shreveport. 

The vote for the building of a dog park on the Red River has been delayed before, and it was delayed Monday as well during a city council work session - so that other projects slated for the Red River can be reviewed by the Red River Water Commission.

"That's one of the Mayor's main contentions with supporting it. Has been that the city's request hasn't been reviewed yet," said City Council Member, Jeff Everson.

Mayor Glover had vowed to veto the vote, if it had not been reviewed by the Red River Water Commission.  

Council members agreed to postpone the vote for two weeks, when the commission will have had time to review the projects the city has planned for the Red River.

 

 

 

 

 

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