The Hudson River Park dog run at Pier 40 and Leroy Street is being painted as a canine cage match in the NY Post today. The paper reports that dog owners who use the run are fighting for a separate area for the small pups to enjoy, away from the bigger dogs that are allegedly attacking them; one owner likens the scenario for the petite pooches as "going up against Muhammad Ali."

Smaller dogs are getting injured and killed in the run and "once a small dog is in a big dog's mouth, chances are you won't be able to save it. That dog will never fetch again." One member of the Dog Owners Action Committee says Dobermans and Rottweilers are using beagles and Yorkies as chew toys, and yet Community Board 2 and the Hudson River Park Trust refuse to separate them by providing a second run. The battle has been going on since at least 2007, when the Villager reported on the crowded, unsafe conditions there for smaller dogs.

Why? The fat cats are to blame, says one committee member: "The people who make the decisions about this park don't have to use a dog run because they have a town house with a back yard and a house in the country."