MONROE, La. (KNOE) - A pack of wild dogs is running loose in the Monroe’s Garden District and attacking other animals. People who live in the area say they've seen multiple cats mauled in their neighborhood. While they were able to save some, others weren't so lucky.
Stephanie Mullins, director of Ouachita Parish Animal Control, says their officers rounded up most of the dogs months ago, but they couldn't get them all. "They've been running loose for a while, and they know where to go," Mullins says.
"We have a pretty good idea of where they're running. It's just by the time we get there, we either can't get close enough to them or they're already gone."
Mullins says when they get calls, they do their best to capture the dogs, usually by setting up humane traps in people's yards. "The traps are humane. It's a live trap. You put some food in the back of it, they go in, and you have the dog. You just call us, and we'll remove the dog from there."
But, she says the issues they’re having is not everyone is on board with having traps in their own yard. "A lot of people don't want us to set traps in their yards. They don't really want to be involved. They just want us to try to go out there and grab the dogs. That's not going to work in this situation."
While the dogs still roam loose, some people say they're now worried about how to keep their pets and children safe. Mullins doesn't expect the dogs to start attacking children though.
"I've never seen these dogs get close to humans. I'm not going to say they won't, but I feel like the possibility of them going after a child would be less likely to happen. With cats, I know they're going to go after cats. It's just some dogs do it whether they're feral or not."
Mullins says the best way to keep your pets and your children safe from the dogs is to “put them inside. They can keep them behind a fence. If they're outside, just be out there with them."
Mullins says to call animal control or the sheriff's office if you see dangerous dogs roaming about.