We have been tracking the Kidd Springs park pack with your help and it is time to make our move. The dogs have been park residents for some time now. You know who we’re talking about, the big black and white male dog and his all black girlfriend. We think we have a better mouse trap and we’re ready to get them onto a new life.
Please remember, good things can come from trapping the dogs. First, the dogs are no longer in danger of being hit by cars, attacked by other loose dogs, getting in fights over lady dogs, breeding and making more unwanted dogs, they are not chasing bikers, joggers, cats or kids, and most importantly, they are just safe. Last year, all the puppies from the pack were caught, taken in by a local rescue, and rehabilitated (except for one that DAS said had a severe injury and should be euthanized)
If you have concerns about the dogs being picked up and taken to the shelter, we will be working to try to help them get rehabilitated and adopted. If we can not, for whatever reason, facilitate that for these two, please keep in mind that there are many, many worse things for a street dog than being compassionately and humanly euthanized. We have seen that with this pack as last spring one of loose pack dogs reportedly killed another loose pack dog in the park, possibly two dogs. Let’s get the dogs picked up and potentially onto a new forever life full of love.
What’s that cage over at the PSW construction site?
It’s an animal live trap to help catch our park pack.
These dogs will generally not let you get close enough to catch them. Because the dogs are hard to catch, Dallas Animal Services is placing a trap to try to help capture the dogs. The traditional traps will not work around the park as the cats constantly set them off. In the past, when we arrive in the morning there was always a cat in the trap and a dog staring longingly at the cat in the trap. So, we’ve moved onto to build a better mouse trap. It is the size of a small room and we hope to catch both of the dogs in the trap together.
Neighbors and the PSW construction site foreman and his team will help us keep an eye on the trap. It’s a Dallas Animal Services trap and only authorized persons from the City and Gypsy Dog Ops are allowed to touch it – it’s the law. Seriously, it is against the law to touch or open a city live trap. And it is also against the law to steal it. Please report anyone tampering with the trap to 911. Here’s what you can do to help us catch the park pack dogs.
Please follow these guidelines to help us track the dogs and monitor the trap:
- If you see the dogs, please report them to 311 and to Gypsy Dog Ops by texting 214.417.4142
- Don’t park in front of the trap, drive by, and or rubberneck. We want to avoid anything that would make the dogs hesitant to go near the trap. The trap is located on the edge of the PSW site and the park.
- Walk your dogs across the street or across the park away from the trap. There is food in the trap and your dog may want to go near it and we wouldn’t want them to get in the trap.
- Don’t touch the trap. You could trigger the closure preventing us from catching the dogs. Plus, it’s illegal.
- If you see a dog or a cat in the live trap, please call 311 and report the animal in the trap. Get the service request number – the service number is important! Then move to step #6
- In addition to calling 311 text this number: 214.417.4142 and let us know. We have a hot line to a DAS supervisor that the 311 operator does not. If it is after 10pm, please text AND call this number. You will need to do both or I might sleep through the text alert.
- If an animal is in the trap: PLEASE LEAVE THE TRAP AND DOG or CAT alone. Do not approach the trap. Dallas Animal Services will come ASAP.
- Don’t feed the dogs when they’re roaming We want them to be attracted to the food in the trap.
- The trap will be set under “humane” conditions. If it is freezing (literally) or pouring rain, we will not set the trap. If it is misting, we might. That is a time dogs will come out and wander around. These dogs have lived outside in the elements for a few years, it won’t hurt them to be in the trap for a limited amount of time. If you have a concern – please call the number listed above, do not release the trap!
This is NOT an official city communication. This is a courtesy post from Gypsy Dog Ops. If you have any questions or interest in fostering or adopting any of the dogs are caught, please contact Gypsy Dog Ops at:firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to call DAS directly.
Thank you for your time and attention to this serious issue. We have a lot of similar stories that have had happy endings for the dogs. Together, hopefully we can help catch these strays and maybe even find them loving forever homes!
Here are the dogs we’re looking for – but please report any loose dogs or dog packs.
Thanks for caring about our neighborhood animals and for taking the time to help track the dogs. Together we can create a great neighborhoods for both the residents and our neighborhood animals.