Ten days after the first wave of wild dog attacks were reported in the Between the Rivers neighborhoods, Animal Control has set three traps in the the area. There is one in residential yards on Third and Fourth streets as well as on Fifth Avenue. A separate trap remains behind Home Depot where a coyota was caught in recent days.
To date, at least nine cats have been mauled to death by one or two packs of dogs.
Another Between the Rivers homeowner reports a wild dog pack attack, mauling another outdoor cat with two others missing as of Sunday morning. The situation has gone on now for more than a week (first mauling was Sept. 6-7, overnight) — actually for more than a month if you count the deer attacks in East Rome.
A separate homeownwer posted a short video showing three dogs (“two medium size and one small”) at 3.10 a.m. Sunday, “heading down our back alley going toward Second Street and then the two medium-sized returning up the alley at 3.17 a.m.”) Another resident’s Nest cam shows four dogs, moving quickly — all midsized to small.
Additional traps are expected to be set up today. A recent trap set behind Home Depot captured a coyote last week. The dogs seem to move from Between the Rivers to Etowah Crossing/East Bend to East Rome.
Homeowners have been in touch with city police, city hall and PAWS. To report any related concerns, please call call both 911 and PAWS at 706-236-4545.