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Police Consider Shooting Stray Dog

Posted July 22, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Residents call her Parkway and she may become an innocent victim of the rabies scare that's spreading across North Carolina.

Following several failed attempts by animal control to capture her, Cary Police may shoot her.

Some area residents say she's the phantom of the Cary Parkway -- silently disappearing into the woods everyday. She's a wild dog that roams the area. No one knows where she came from, but most know why she stays.

Torry Greene has been feeding "Parkway" for more than a year. Greene says she's the only person the dog has ever come close to.

Parkway had a litter of puppies earlier this year, but only one survived. Parkway Jr. is now a member of the Greene family, but even Greene realizes the puppy's mother is a potential danger.

The wild dog is making front page headlines in Cary. Police have tried to trap, tranquilize, and track her down, but with no luck so far. Chief David Fortson of the Cary Police says shooting the dog will be a last resort.

With mounting complaints from motorists and an increasing threat of rabies, the police chief is ready to send a marksman to shoot and kill Parkway, even though the dog hasn't done anything yet. Chief Fortson says he's not ready to answer to a mom and dad who wonder why nothing was done sooner.

The police plan is not sitting well with residents like Kim Garde. Garde says the dog isn't a threat to anyone because it doesn't go near anyone. She sees no reason to kill the animal.

The rabies threat is real in North Carolina. There have already been 400 confirmed cases. State health officials predict as many as 1,500 by year's end. That's a staggering number when compared to only 10 cases of rabies reported just seven years ago.

Photographer:Mark Copeland andKerrie Hudzinski