Dog attacks reported in North Oak Cliff

They’re not attacking people. But several neighbors have reported a pack of three dogs that have killed other pets in the neighborhood.

Monica Morgan of Stevens Park Estates says she and her neighbors have counted 11 pets that this pack has mauled to death. She says attacking dogs seem like pets themselves — well-groomed, not too skinny.

One is a dark brown or black pit or boxer mix with a wide collar. Another is a husky or shepherd mix. And the third is a brown or gold mixed-breed dog that could be a spaniel or setter.

Most of the attacks have happened between 11:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. in Stevens Park Estates, Ravinia Heights, Kings Highway and Winnetka Heights. My best friend’s cat was killed by a pack of three dogs several months ago, but I’m not sure if they’re the same ones. The 11 attacks Morgan reports happened between July 14 and July 25.

Here’s what Morgan says about her experience calling animal control, which is understaffed and underfunded:

Dallas Animal Control has been unable to assist us with this problem. Many in our neighborhood have called Animal Control. We were told that they are back-logged two weeks. They said we have to capture and contain the dogs ourselves and then they will pick them up. They will not trap the animals because it is too hot. They will not provide cages for us to trap the animals. Basically, Dallas Animal Control is unable to help and this is our problem to deal with. If these dogs are being let out “to run”, the city said that the solution is that we need to file a civil suit against the dog owner. This all seems rather unreal to me and I am amazed at the lack of city services that we have.

By |2011-08-10T15:07:52-05:00August 4th, 2011|News, Pets|6 Comments

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  1. Jyll August 19, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    This is the one thing about Oak Cliff that I hate…the way
    that some treat animals & the fact that it’s ignored by the city…we have City Codes that are not being enforced…
    services that we pay for in our taxes…and we should expect
    more…what would make me proud is if the Oak Cliff community could be an example for the rest of the city…no
    tolerance for people who refuse to follow the rules and codes concerning animals…dogs running the streets confused,hot,hungry,thirsty…and people just turn their heads the other way…it’s disgusting…

  2. patrick August 18, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    P.S. I don’t want to hear any of this bleeding heart crap either. 9 out of 10 of these animals are unregistered
    and un-neutered or spayed and don’t have shots.
    Am I supposed to feel sorry for people who own one of these animals yet don’t have it registered, altered and vaccinated ?
    can’t afford it ? Then you can’t afford a pet, Period.
    I’m tired of all these people who get a dog and then chain it to a tree or let it run wild. Cultural differences or anything else is just so much BS. It’s indifference, It’s lazy and it’s illegal. Anyone caught with an animal that is unregistered should forfeit there right to a pet. If it were a child, CPS would be involved making sure the child was cared for. I’ve seen dogs over here that I wanted to let off the chain just to give ’em a 50/50 chance of a better life. Even if they are hit by a car it is better than being chained to a tree. But I digress.

  3. patrick August 18, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    I’m not sure about animal control but, If my dog were being attacked and I couldn’t save my dog I would definately and without hesitation shoot these dogs. Yeah, I know; Shooting a gun in the city is illegal and so is shooting a dog.
    I would not stop at anything to protect my pet.
    The neighbors on our corner have pitbulls on one side and dobermans on the other, While walking my dog one evening one of the pitbulls came running, pulling the doghouse he was chained to and attacked my dog.
    needless to say I kicked the crap out of him and took my dog to the vet. I then went to their front door and presented them with the bill. This is the second attack by pitbulls on my street on my block.
    The second time two pitbulls were running the neighborhood.
    they caused property damage trying to attack a dog inside a house. They chewed up the door and window frames trying to attack the poodle inside. They then went across to another house and attacked the neighbor and his 2 german shepards.
    Causing hundreds of dollars in vet and medical bills. He could have been killed as well as his dogs, I was more than happy to point out where they lived. The owner was billed for everything and ordered by the court not to get anymore pitbulls.
    Vicious and un provoked they were finally caught and put down. Sorry people there is NO good reason to own a pitbull. They are bred to be killers and the people who defend them are lacking in common sense. Would you allow a Boa or cobra to roam your house ? Some people think snakes are cute too, Doesn’t mean they are.
    Anyway, A good pellet gun will get their attention too and then anyone with a pellet in his fanny will be the guilty party…Problem solved. You can then sue the owners for neglect and any damages.

  4. Kim August 16, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Please stop letting your dog out in the front yard off leash in any case. I’ve seen too many small dead dogs in the street because of this practice.

  5. james August 12, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    I have recently seen these dogs twice in the past week near the Hampton Dart station (Hampton Hills). Both sightings have been at night and none of the dogs have collars. I have since stop letting my dog out without a leash in my front yard, until these dogs are caught.

  6. dianne August 11, 2011 at 6:07 AM

    Catching the dogs is almost impossible for the city because they’re usually gone by the time they get out there. Call your city counsel person and try to get a trap. It’s the only way to catch them.

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