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NYC group forming Guardian Angels-style patrol to protect pets after Prospect Park attack

A group of Park Slope pup lovers is forming a Guardian Angels-style safety group in and around Prospect Park.

They’re refusing to roll over.

A dogged group of Park Slope pup lovers is forming a Guardian Angels-style safety group in and around Prospect Park in the aftermath of an unhinged hobo’s unprovoked attack on a woman and her pooch, which died of its injuries.

The “Park Slope Panthers” aim to “take the neighborhood back” — and prevent it from going to the dogs.

“In light of people feeling unsafe to use Prospect Park due to recent attacks of both people and dogs, in one case resulting in the death of a dog; and in light of the epidemic of packages being stolen from stoops and lobbies, we want to form a neighborhood watch,” reads a MeetUp description for the newly formed group. “The goal is to be eyes and ears and to take our neighborhood back.”

Moose died after an attack by a homeless man in Prospect Park.
The group hopes to not have more incidents like the one that left Moose dead.

The patrol’s preliminary meeting is scheduled for Sept. 10. So far more than a dozen people have said they will attend.

The group is the brainchild of Kristian Nammack, 59, a Park Slope resident and Quaker who first floated the idea on Aug 20, two weeks after Jessica Chrustic and her 2-and-a-half-year-old golden retriever mix, Moose were attacked.

Chrustic said the attacker is a vagrant who lives next to a dumpster in the parking lot by the park’s picnic house and that police have repeatedly refused to remove him. Photos she shared with The Post show the alleged assailant in a black hoodie, carrying a large stick. She said she has shared the images with police “at least a half dozen times.”

Nammack cited the Guardian Angles — the beret-wearing civilian patrol group formed in 1979 by Curtis Sliwa amid Gotham’s crime epidemic — as a potential model for the new group.

Nammack said that the group will be getting uniforms in the near future.
Kristian Nammack founded the Park Slope Panthers.

“We may also get to wear cool berets. I’m being serious. And we go through some self-defense training, work in pairs, etc,” Nammack wrote on the Nextdoor app. There’s a logo and T-shirts in the works, he added.

It’s unclear whether dogs — in Moose’s honor– will be part of the patrol, but Nammack said all ideas would be on the table — including a name change.

“I was speaking with a few neighbors and we talked about starting a neighborhood watch. We are currently researching what that means, what is effective, how to involve the local infrastructure — law enforcement, local politicians, PTA groups, Citibike, Uber Eats, etc,” he said.

Nammack said he had made contact with National Neighborhood Watch, a division of the National Sheriffs’ Association for guidance on best practices. “I do not intend this to be a rogue group and definitely not vigilante,” he insisted.

Sliwa, a famous animal lover, said he was ready to throw the group a bone, or whatever help they need.

“I applaud them. In fact more people around the city have got to be doing things similar to this,” he said. “They need to be saluted. They’re not just sitting back waiting for the police or government to deal with it. They are being proactive and working within the law.”

Parkgoers said they feel like underdogs in the green space, which has become infested by junkies and hobos.

“Prospect Park has been a magnate for homeless people for some time but it has never been like it is now,” said Christine Doyle, 55, an attorney and longtime Park Slope resident. “These homeless people are often very aggressive, They are mainly men, loners and more than once have attacked people with dogs on the western side of the park.” Doyle was thrilled about the Park Slope Panthers idea.

Setta and her boyfriend live one block off Prospect Park.
Victoria Setta said that she is considering making the move to Florida.

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