The Wild Dogs of South Dallas

A woman who was attacked by a pack of loose dogs has died, according to the Dallas Observer. She died Tuesday a few days after being attacked on a residential street in south Dallas. This has brought to the forefront the problem of feral wild dogs, and loose dogs in general, in South Dallas.

Police waited a few days before making the announcement so they could get the dogs in custody and find out who the owners are. If police can prove any of the dogs belonged to anyone, those persons can be criminally charged and even face jail time. Proving it may be the hard part.

Lawyers say the city could be on the hook if people are bitten by wild dogs that should have been picked up. Dallas officials say they are shorthanded and don’t have enough canine officers to round them all up. The city could still be sued though. Residents can also be sued, and even be charged criminally, if their dog bites someone.

Many of the dogs travel in packs, and it is possible someone’s pet could join in a pack and after a few days start to act very wild, animal experts say. Dogs are much more dangerous in a pack. Dog experts say you might be able to scare one or two dogs away by making a lot of noise, but if there is a group the pack is much more aggressive, and they are very dangerous if they are hungry.

One writer has advocated shooting the dogs. He said police, or canine officers, may not have any choice as they need to get the dog problem under control. It is hard to say how many are just wild and feral and how many are owned by someone an allowed to run loose.

The writer notes that it can get pretty sticky if a citizen shoots a dog. The only way a citizen can is if another person is being attacked. Otherwise they could face charges. Still, the city is going to have to do something about the loose dog problem soon as it is out of hand.