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34 wild dogs captured in Cumberland County

Posted August 9, 2011

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— Animal control officers in Cumberland County has picked up 34 wild pack dogs in the past two weeks, officials said Tuesday.

Cumberland County Animal Control on July 29 announced it was stepping up its efforts to trap, remove and euthanize about 10 packs, or up to 150 dogs, that have been reported in several areas of Fayetteville, including Village Drive, McPherson Church Road, Cliffdale Road, Haymount, Kingsford, VanStory Hills, Glendale Acres, Murray Hills, Raeford Road and the downtown area.

The animals, some of which may be pets abandoned by their owners, may be carrying diseases and have already killed some smaller animals. A pack that attacked and killed a fox could be at risk of rabies. Test results on the fox, which was killed in the Raeford Road area, had an "unsatisfactory result" for rabies, meaning public health officials must treat it as a positive case.

An outbreak of rabies among the pack dogs, county health director Buck Wilson said, would likely create an imminent public health hazard.

All captured dogs are taken to the county animal shelter and evaluated. Those found to be ill are euthanized immediately. All others must be held 72 hours in accordance with state law. During that time, they are evaluated, and any that show signs that they may be adoptable are held for further evaluation. Aggressive dogs are euthanized after the 72-hour period.

One captured pack dog was evaluated and determined to be safe to adopt out and now has a new home, officials said.

Animal control and health officials urged residents to have their pets vaccinated against rabies and warned them against feeding any stray dogs they might see.

Cumberland County has had 11 confirmed or suspected cases of rabies this year.

The animal control office is open during business hours Monday through Friday at 910-321-6861. Residents should call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at 910-323-1500 after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

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  • rescuefan Aug 10, 2011

    "Truly wild dogs, born and raised without human contact, are never going to be trustworthy. They are better off being put down, both for their sakes and for the human who glares just a little too long, forgets to wash the food from their hands before petting, etc.
    wwyoud"

    Truly wild dogs (the appropriate term is feral) is not going to approach a human, much less let them approach them. So they won't be randomly attacking humans who forget to wash the food from their hands. No worries there. People who actually know dogs and their behaviors know stuff like this.

  • Arapaloosa Aug 10, 2011

    "But I still feel sorry for them because if not for humans, they'd not be out there wild banding into packs."

    ????????? If not for humans, all dogs would be wild and in packs!

  • wwyoud Aug 10, 2011

    jscott, Vick's dogs knew that humans were in charge. Truly wild dogs, born and raised without human contact, are never going to be trustworthy. They are better off being put down, both for their sakes and for the human who glares just a little too long, forgets to wash the food from their hands before petting, etc.

  • marciamal1 Aug 10, 2011

    The one's that were owners of these dogs and abandoned them are the one's to blame for all this mess. Keep your animal leased or if you don't want the dog - find a good home for it - don't endanger other lives.

  • ConcernedNCarolinian Aug 10, 2011

    "I am at least giving the local animal control credit for not immediately euthanizing them all - to have at least deemed some adoptable gives them a chance."

    It's public opinion suicide to have done it any other way. I'm an animal advocate in a surrounding county, and animal control often suffers the brunt of public opinion ... when this problem isn't their fault but they are left with "cleaning up" the mess. This whole wild dog thing in Cumberland County is a result of irresponsible owners not altering their pets.

  • mochabrown Aug 10, 2011

    Now round up the dog lovers who "loved" their dogs so much to abandoned them and/or roam free.

  • Massdaddy Aug 10, 2011

    They should round them up, then release them in the dog lover's neighborhoods to be rehab'd.

  • Scubagirl Aug 10, 2011

    Am happy to read that they are not automatically putting all these dogs down. Glad that some can be rehabilitated and have a chance at a furever home.

  • jscott13 Aug 9, 2011

    RB aka I usually totally agree with your comments, but you are wrong this time!! All of Michael Vick's dogs except 1 were rehabilitated. One family took several and it was a LOT of work, but they undid all of the damage that Vick, disgusting .... that he is, did. These dogs would all find loving homes, too!! There are so many good people out there.

  • davisgw Aug 9, 2011

    The Fayetteville defination of pack or wild dog is any that get caught in the trap. They do not have a way to define which are really wild dogs.

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