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Six wild dogs captured in Cumberland County

Posted August 1, 2011
Updated August 9, 2011

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— Six wild pack dogs were picked up over the weekend in Cumberland County, animal control officers said Monday.

Cumberland County Animal Control said Friday that it was stepping up its efforts to trap, remove and euthanize about 10 packs, or up to 150 dogs, which 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.

Animal control and health officials advise that residents have their pets vaccinated against rabies and to not feed any stray dogs they might see.

Cumberland County has had seven other reported cases of rabies this year. Four have involved raccoons and three have involved bats.

Of those cases, only three tested positive for the disease. The other four had unsatisfactory results.

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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  • jgordon1 Aug 3, 2011

    I think Fayetteville is doing the right thing. It is hard to turn a wild dog back into a pet. It takes lots of time, time most people do not have. So, with the rabbies being so bad, sometimes the best thing is to put these wild dogs down. Some of you PETA and pet lovers may not agree and that's ok. But, who is going to care for these wild dogs once caught. No one! So put them down and save the county a ton of money.

  • btneast Aug 2, 2011

    That's totally false. It all depends on each individual dog. Just because they run in the wild with a pack doesn't mean they are vicious. I'm not sure where you are getting your "facts" from.
    And where are you getting your facts from Rescue? Yes, a rescued runaway or stray dog can often be rehomed, but many of these animals are feral. It is way too risky to place them in homes, especially if they were born in the wild. The shelters barely have resources to handle the population they deal with now. Are YOU going to guarantee to a prospective adopter that he will be safe. These are NOT cute , cuddly puppies....

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 2, 2011

    I did not read anywhere that this was in the city....wild dog packs are not that uncommon out in the county.
    btneast
    They are running wild in the residental area of Fayetteville. They came from Harnett Co. where they found it too "hot" to live. So they moved to the socially correct areas to live.

  • rescuefan Aug 2, 2011

    "Dogs that have reverted to the wild and run in packs cannot be "rehomed". They become wild and vicious and have to be destroyed.
    wa4dou"

    That's totally false. It all depends on each individual dog. Just because they run in the wild with a pack doesn't mean they are vicious. I'm not sure where you are getting your "facts" from.

  • wa4dou Aug 2, 2011

    Dogs that have reverted to the wild and run in packs cannot be "rehomed". They become wild and vicious and have to be destroyed.

  • HereswhatIthink Aug 2, 2011

    How can anyone say that no one would want them.....the shelters are full of animals that no one wanted anymore. BUT there are people working their tails off to save them because there are people who would want them! They are not trash! Some humans make me sick. If I see a stray animal around my house, I put out fresh water and some dog food! Maybe then they wouldn't have to kill another animal in order to survive.

  • HereswhatIthink Aug 2, 2011

    This is so sad! Dogs are supposed to be man's best friend. I hope whomever dumped their dog or let them run and roam free feels the pain and guilt associated with this sad story. I would be one of those that would have liked to see the dogs rehomed and given a chance to have a good life. Everyone just wants to kill everything these days. Too sad!!

  • btneast Aug 2, 2011

    It is unfortunate that the city of Fayetteville has let this get to the point where you have wild packs of dogs roaming the streets.

    Huh, City Of Fayetteville? What I read says Cumberland County, which includes the City of Fayetteville as well as miles and miles of open countryside. I did not read anywhere that this was in the city....wild dog packs are not that uncommon out in the county.

  • wildcat Aug 2, 2011

    And the good Lord supposedly gave humans the larger brain........
    ncrebel

    God certainly did. Glad man had nothing to do with the creations. Then we would all really be messed up.

  • wildcat Aug 2, 2011

    They captured the dogs and now the dogs should be killed. No one would want them. Well some deranged person might; and that would be dangerous.

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