Roaming Dogs Still a Problem
Lubbock, TX - Just when you thought it couldn't get worse in Lubbock, Texas. Earlier this week, a Lubbock police officer shot at a pit bull that charged him and another man in a West Lubbock neighborhood.
LubbockOnline.com reports that similar dog incidents are happening throughout the area, many of which go unreported. Sandy Deel, for instance, said her south neighborhood has a roaming dog problem. She and her family are nervous about going outside because of two pit bulls that often get loose -- the same dogs, they believe, killed two of their goats about two weeks ago.
Her family doesn't go outside after dark anymore.
Lubbock Animal Services, which doesn't respond to incidents outside city limits, handled about 800 calls between Jan. 1 and Feb. 7 regarding loose dogs.
"Our calls for service have been enormous," said Kevin Overstreet, animal services director. "With the amount of coverage we've received from the news media, I think that's increased public awareness."
City officials cite owner irresponsibility as the main cause of the problem. Owners of dogs caught roaming free face a Class C misdemeanor and a $165 fine. That is if ownership can be determined.
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