Interestingly enough the dog was running around the park without a lead on, now this park has signs saying dogs must be leashed. Where was the owner, as there was no mention of the owner being present in the article.
Apparently the dog came up to the children, who were playing in the park and the boy tried to pat it and he got bitten on the face.
Dog Safety 101, you never approach a strange dog to pat it, as you never know what it may do, in other words leave the dog alone!
Having said that, Sunnynook Park is a public park and everyone has the right to enjoy their day out without the unwanted attention of an off leash dog.
Dog Owners need to wake-up, its not all about you and your dog! The Dog Control Act still applies, where ever you choose to take you dog, it must be under control at all times. Dog owners are required by law, to carry or have their dog leashed in a public place. As you are responsible for your dogs actions.