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BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

Some say, these parks are becoming more popular as the country begins placing more of an emphasis on health following the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

Dog owners in the Douglasville can take their furry children to the Deer Lick Park for some off-leash exercise. The park is fenced and smaller dogs and larger dogs have separate play areas. The park is located at 2105 Mack Road in Douglasville.

Burger Park in Smyrna is, also, an off-leash park and is moderately sized, for its type.

Maggie the Chihuahua: The next chapter

Maggie the Chihuahua: The next chapter

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Earlier this month, we brought you the story of Maggie the Chihuahua, who ran away from her owners' Austell home and was later spotted near Ridgeview Road, about a mile away.

Sadly, on Thursday, Apr. 7, Maggie was hit by a car in the same area. She was brought home to be buried in the backyard.

Ariel, the three-year-old girl with autism who loved Maggie more than anything in the world, is very upset that her best friend isn't coming back.

However, the next chapter of Ariel's story is bright.

According to Melissa, Ariel's mother, a new furry friend has arrived in Austell to be a companion to her daughter.

Melissa's niece in Florida just so happened to be looking for a new home for Chance, her six-year-old Beagle.

Have you seen Maggie the Chihuahua?

Have you seen Maggie the Chihuahua?

UPDATE: Maggie may have been spotted off Ridgeview Road in Austell around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 6.

Someone saw a small dog who matched Maggie's description about a mile from her owners' house. The dog reacted to her name, then turned and ran back into the woods.

People who live in or pass through the area are asked to keep looking and to call Melissa if Maggie is spotted again.

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Residents of Austell and the surrounding area are asked to keep an eye out for a missing dog.

Maggie is a five-year-old blond Chihuahua. She hasn't been seen since Wednesday, Mar. 30, when she pushed through a small hole in the fence of her owners' home on Cobblers Way in Austell and ran into the nearby woods.

Maggie is a very special pet because she is best friends with Ariel, a severely autistic three-year-old girl.

Do You Have the Cutest Dog in Atlanta?

Submit a photo of your adorable dog to Metromix Atlanta's Cutest Dog Contest.

Submissions are being accepted until Sept. 26. From there, Metromix will select four groups of 25 dogs to compete for a spot in the finals.

The finalists will each win fabulous prizes, including gift baskets from Glamour Paws and gift certificates from Pets and the Sity, and the grand prize promises to be amazing!

Visit Metromix Atlanta for more information and the official contest rules.