Three wild dogs — perhaps the latest pack spotted in the Between the Rivers neighborhood — were spotted at Riverbend Center on Tuesday morning. This photo, from resident Mark Cochran, shows the dogs on the move. Cochran, who called PAWS immediately, says the alpha dog was being aggressive toward the other two.
Later Tuesday morning, Jeff Mitchell, the Animal Control Director at Public Animal Welfare Services, told BTR members of what came of the morning call and resulting pursuit.
Three trucks, including a personal vehicle responsed and one of the dogs was caught via the net gun. The net snapped something and enabled the dog to get a way, Mitchell’s note reads. The dogs were tracked to Maple Avenue they lost sight of them there. Subsequent checks, including those by the police department, didn’t spot the dogs.
Mitchell added, ” I still have many traps set in the area and reposition them as needed when sighting occurs. We hope to had a good shot to use the dart gun, but unfortunately the only clear chance we were unable due to traffic and the safety and the welfare of the public, which is why a net gun was attempted. We are continuing our effort to get these animals up and secure and will continue to do so until they are. Please continue to make us aware of sightings; I assure you I will have an officer respond.”
A pack of dogs recently killed another cat in the BTR community.
The dogs were first spotted in early August in East Rome near Saint Mary’s School and later in the BTR community. Two dogs were captured and there was a pause in attacks until recently. The dog pack also has been sighted in South Rome and at one time was believed to have been moving along the nearby railroad tracks.