December 1, 2021

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Wild pet dogs killing animals and terrorizing local community

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A pack of wild pet dogs is killing family members animals and destroying neighborhoods in the city of Montgomery, and officers are now bringing in pro approaches to capture the canines and remedy the expanding problem.

Protection video clip started off capturing the canine going for walks as a result of the city at evening all around 6 months back, Mayor Greg Ingram said. The pack has developed to all over 15 pet dogs soon after getting much more puppies and are acquiring a lot more aggressive.

Ingram explained the puppies appear to are living in the woods exterior of town and used to be fed by an more mature woman who just lately died. The canines are now digging by means of people’s trash cans and killing pets that are still left outdoors.

“A large amount of cats have been killed in Montgomery,” Ingram reported. “These pet dogs are quickly and they are good. They’re wild pet dogs they know how to endure.”

The metropolis has received much more than 100 reports of wild puppy assaults and sightings in modern months, Ingram mentioned. In an energy to remedy the problem, the city has invested extra than $5,000 to obtain a tranquilizer gun and darts to safely and securely capture the puppies and transfer them to the Fayette County Animal Shelter for care and to be adopted to caring people.

The city has previously captured two canines more than the past couple of months, and has proven a new tip line for people today to contact when they spot the pack of dogs. Residents can simply call (304) 981-1580 at any time to arrive at a city formal that will take care of the report.

“I in fact obtained one particular with the dart up listed here by the bridge,” Code Enforcement Officer Brian Whittington stated. “Hopefully, we can get more. I just hope the neighborhood will access out and consider to support us out a very little bit.”

Resident Kerry Bingaman was a victim of the wild canine. She was woken up just one early morning to a great deal of commotion on her porch and found two stray cats that she would feed useless on her doorstep. She seemed out the window and noticed a team of 5 to 8 canine strolling down the avenue.

“The foods bowl was vacant and the cats may have been waiting or they may perhaps have been eating some that was still left more than from the evening right before,” Bingaman said. “The pet dogs caught them off guard.”

Bingaman said her cat is no for a longer time permitted to go exterior, even with a new massive gate that has been set on their porch. Her mom is also fearful to wander the loved ones canine without carrying pepper spray.

Montgomery Pawn Shop manager Robert Strickland explained he has seen a massive improve in consumers wanting for pellet and BB guns to chase the wild canine absent from their pets and trash cans. Some neighbors have even commenced making use of firecrackers to scare the animals away.

“If it’s getting a nuisance like that they require to be taken to a shelter, socialized or sadly finished anything with,” Strickland stated about the pet dogs. “I don’t believe they want to destroy them or anything. They just want them to leave their animals and their trash cans by itself.”

The city is hoping none of the pet dogs are harmed, although Ingram mentioned some residents have been taking pictures and killing the wild dogs anytime they are noticed. The overall goal is to defend the wild dogs and get them taken treatment of.

“When you have citizens coming in furious, mad, in tears mainly because their ideal pet has just gotten killed, it is time for the governing administration to acquire motion of some sort,” Ingram explained. “We sense like this is the most accountable matter we could do.”

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