Friday, January 11, 2008
Wichita Falls - A Lawton family's dog has been killed, and neighbors say the city won't do anything about it. One neighbor says two boxers living on the other side of the privacy fence mauled the maltese poodle, Zoe. Animal control says the dog crawled into the other yard, but the owners say the hole is too small and so the victim must have been pulled under.
Three different families in the neighborhood say they've been victims of these dogs. They say something needs to be done about it now, before anyone, or anyone else's pet, gets hurt. Cherie Lail lives near the dogs and says "They came after my son and my daughter when they were out playing, one day, and they both had to run in the house to stay away from them".
The owner, Karen Reed says her dogs aren't dangerous. "Big babies, honestly...but protective in their own yard, very protective in their own yard."Neighbors have called animal control on these dogs at least twice and were told by the animal control officers that since they did not witness the dogs at large, or aggression towards children or dogs, there was nothing they could do. If witnessed, a citizen's complaint form can be completed. Then, they can take it to the city prosecutor for a formal investigation.
In July the city passed an ordinance against any vicious animal that attacks - or even chases - a person. Under the new ordinance, if found guilty, an owner can be punished with a $750 fine and up to 60 days in jail.
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