Two weeks ago, Mayor Frank Schaaf brought awareness to the problem of dogs running loose in the city in a Facebook post. The problem came to light on Wednesday when a woman was attacked by a pit bull in her driveway.


Two weeks ago, Mayor Frank Schaaf brought awareness to the problem of dogs running loose in the city in a Facebook post. The problem came to light on Wednesday when a woman was attacked by a pit bull in her driveway.

 

In the aftermath of the attack, the city is looking at ways to curb the number of loose dogs running throughout the city in an effort to avoid any other attacks.

 

“I don’t like to use the term isolated incident because one is too many,” he said. “I think people are of the mindset that if some dogs are running loose, why can’t mine. Not everyone’s dog is running loose but there are a few and they are wreaking havoc. The one’s running loose have been more of a nuisance but we have had one or two that are more aggressive.”

 

Capt. Jarod Barnes was forced to shoot and kill the pit bull after it charged at him. The pit bull is the third dog this month the police department has been forced to put down.

 

“The first two were a direct result of the owners leaving town,” Schaaf said. “They left the dogs to fend for themselves.”

 

Schaaf said the majority of problems with loose dogs in town are attributed to owner neglect or indifference. The majority of loose dogs in city limits appear to be the same ones, which have been seen before. The pit bull, which was shot, had drawn complaints from neighbors in the past.

 

Police Chief Felix Hernandez said the report of the attack is being worked on and will be turned in on Monday. The city will ask the district court to file a charge of allowing a vicious dog to roam at large with the possibility of other charges.

 

Fines are one area, which will be looked at in an effort to reduce the number of dogs running loose in town.

 

“There are several ideas and we need to see the direction the council wants to go in,” Schaaf said.
Wilson employs a dogcatcher on a part-time basis. Former Mayor Bud Young is commissioned to work 30 hours every two weeks in the position. The council has given Schaaf approval to hire a code enforcement officer and one possibility would be to split the duties between code enforcement and animal control.