Our journey to change Dallas Animal Services started in 2012 with Tasha’s dog pack story. Gypsy Dog Ops was born out of the need to help the injured feral dog, Tasha the husky, and to make sure Dallas Animal Services (DAS) policy was changed to reflect a more humane and effective Field Services program. Our blog documents long running neighborhood dog pack issues as well as documents the challenges and roadblocks residents face when using the current DAS system to address loose, aggressive, feral, or hard to catch dogs. Gypsy Dog Ops has made it part of our mission to help the neighborhood and the city resolve loose, feral, and hard to catch dogs and dogs packs through efforts to educate city leaders and residents towards positive collaboration and long term solutions.

Animal issues are the number one complaint heard by city council members across the city. Loose animals, aggressive animals, dumped animals, unvaccinated and unneutered animals are all part of the challenges facing our city. These issues are often associated with high crime rates and quality of life issues and they make our neighborhoods, schools, tourist areas, and targeted areas of economic development unsafe. In order to address animal issues across Dallas, the city must properly fund Dallas Animal Services. DAS must include animal CONTROL in their goals and service model. In order to do this DAS must revamp their best practices to reflect modern behaviorally sound field services and adopt a model of prevention, intervention, and enforcement. Without this change and evaluation,  animal issues cannot be fully addressed.

Below is a collection of our blog posts from our first meeting with the Dallas Animal Services and the City of Dallas to our Oak Cliff Animal Initiative meeting we held last spring. We’ll keep posting – it will take all of us to enact change!

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This past spring, Army veteran Antoinette Brown was mauled to death by a pack of known aggressive owned dogs. Reports describe her body as though it had been eaten and pulled apart[...]
Did You Know that the City of Dallas is Failing to Fill Open Records Requests Against State Law?  How would you like to be the tax paying citizen that was attacked and bitten by a [...]
Here is another example of how ORRs and DPDs transparency inform the current crisis level animal issues in our City. This interactive map shows: Dog Bites [reports from DPD open po[...]
If you own a dog and live in the city of Dallas, you should be very concerned about who is running Dallas Animal Services. You should be very concerned about what is going to be pr[...]
Let’s talk about safety and quality of life. Despite that the City is claiming that the crisis level animal issues are getting better, dog bite reports are trending up in a big way[...]
Words can’t begin to describe the prostrate frustration that has spun us into a deep, hopeless, depression over the mauling of a Dallas resident by a pack of loose dogs. Our hearts[...]
It’s time! The THIRD Annual Oak Cliff Animal Initiative, an animal issues Town Hall Meeting, will be held Saturday, April 9th Date: Saturday, April 9th Time: 9:30 am-12 noon [...]
Last night as the cold winter dusk was setting in, I sat on the Barbara Mann school property at the end of a catch pole with a scared aggressive dog. It was the first day back from[...]
The Oak Cliff Animal Initiative’s first Laws for Paws is here! Get ready for a rectangular shaped round table about our City’s and State’s animal laws. This panel discussion will f[...]
First, yes, we know this is a long-ish document. It’s a complicated problem, but the good news is that we have condensed years of conversation into just a few pages. Please read it[...]
We have been struggling with dangerous animal issues in our neighborhoods for years, but in the last several years there has been an explosion to the point of a crisis level that i[...]
There has been some interesting reactions today to Sharon Grigsby’s Dallas Morning News article about the “Clear the Shelter Day‘s” practice of offering free dog [...]