Del Mar dog beach contaminated, warning issued

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SAN DIEGO - Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 11th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon has been postponed due to an unfortunate water contamination advisory at Dog Beach in Del Mar.  The 11th annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon will now take place on Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 from 8am to 2pm PST. at Dog Beach in Del Mar.

"We have some unfortunate news about our Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, scheduled for this weekend!  Lifeguards have warned us about contaminated waters at Dog Beach in Del Mar.

The health and safety of our friends (human and canine) is of primary importance to Helen Woodward Animal Center so we are postponing the event until Sunday, October 2nd, 2016."

Today, Del Mar Lifeguards notified Helen Woodward Animal Center about serious water contamination readings pulled from the ocean at Dog Beach in Del Mar.  The high level of contamination required beach personnel to erect signs warning individuals and canines not to enter the water for up to 72 hours.  Per this warning, Helen Woodward Animal Center has decided to push the planned festivities to Sunday, October 2nd, 2016.

The postponement is devastating to Center staff and the hundreds of volunteers, vendors and special guests who have been planning the annual event but the health and safety of friends (human and canine) is of primary importance to Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Currently, Center staff is hard at work contacting the many people involved with this year’s event to make sure that all aspects of the competition can be shifted to the later date with as few complications as possible.