We have some important safety information to share with you. There is a confirmed pack of 6 dogs roaming the neighborhood. Five of the dogs are intact (unneutered) males. They are packing and traveling with a female dog. We are coordinating with the city to try to catch the pack.
The dogs have not been aggressive towards people, but they are male dogs jockeying for dominance over each other for the female – they are fighting each other to the point of injury. They are also getting very skinny and hungry. Please do NOT feed the dogs. We will be feeding the dogs and providing food and water in a known location that they come to regularly. We want them to continue to return to this location where we can capture them.
There is a live trap on the 200 block of South Rosemont. To help us successfully catch the dog pack, please do not walk down the sidewalk next to the trap, please do not park in front of the trap, please do not slowly drive by the trap. Please REPORT sightings of the pack to 311 and to Fran: 214.417.4142
Awareness is important – here are a few things to help keep you, your family pets, and your neighborhood safe while a known pack is traveling the neighborhood:
- Prevention and planning are the keys to keeping your pets safe and enjoying your daily walk. Walk with mace or citronella spray and know what to do if you should encounter a loose dog or a dog pack. Please use caution if you are walking on South Rosemont or Wentworth after dark. For more information on how to safely walk your dog in the neighborhood
- Cats: Please watch your porch kitties eat their food and then take in the cat food to avoid the cat and the pack dogs meeting at the food dish.
- If you see the pack: please call 311 and report the pack and text or call Fran with the pack location: 214.417.4142 For more information on reporting dogs to 311 and what happens when DAS is notified: http://www.gypsydogops.com/?p=2802
- This is the third year in a row dogs from the same pack are in the neighborhood fighting and breeding in our yards and endangering the neighborhood. Your call and or email can make a difference for our neighborhood. Please help us impress upon the city council that they need to fund and staff Animal Services in a manner that keeps our neighborhood safe. Email Scott Griggs’ office and let him know the staffing / funding issues at Dallas Animal Services are affecting your safety and quality of life. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Councilman Scott Griggs’ office: 214-670-0776
- For safety reasons, we will NOT be setting the trap during the day or on Halloween. If you see a dog in the trap please call 311 immediately. Know that it is illegal to let an animal out of a city trap. If a neighborhood cat is in the trap, please just give me a call. We will make sure neighborhood cats are returned.
- We will ask NOCUPP to keep an eye out for the pack and to keep an eye on the trap during the day to ensure the trap is not stolen.
Winnetka Heights is about the people. Thank you for your help and cooperation in helping resolve the pack issue and for making our neighborhood such a wonderful place to live.