Fayetteville Dog Roundup Is Underway

 

Last month the town of Fayetteville, NC considered hiring professional gunmen to clear the streets of wild dog packs because they threaten neighbors and kill pets. The feral packs formed after a record number of pet owners abandoned their dogs by turning them loose.

Officials ditched the hired guns and contracted with a company that uses more humane techniques. But ultimately most of the dogs will still die.

The pair of two-man teams from Mims Wildlife Control has already removed six dogs from Fayetteville neighborhoods. According to John Lauby, director of Animal Services, they will continue to trap the estimated 150 stray dogs for the next 30 days.

The roundups were immediately put into action over fear of a rabies outbreak and because the feral packs have increased their attacks on wildlife and pets.

Fayetteville decided against using professional gunmen from the Dangerous Animal Task Force after City Manager Dale Iman found the Teaxs-based company was “not a registered entity” and that it didn’t “have a lot of experience to go by.”

Instead the town turned to a local company called Mims Wildlife Control which is not authorized to kill dogs during their roundup attempts.

Mims will use humane traps that will be placed inside small tunnels that have been dug by the pack dogs so they can move freely through wooded areas.

“We’ll be able to capture a lot more of them humanely and bring them to the shelter,” Lauby said to the Fayetteville Observer.

All of the dogs caught will be brought to the animal shelter and kept for three days by law. Lauby, who is a retired veterinarian, said each dog’s behavior will be “assessed for adoptability” and “some that have not been with packs for long can be found homes.”

But he doesn’t have much hope for the majority of the dogs which will be euthanized. “Feral dogs are not like pets that you and I know,” he said. “They are like wild lions and tigers; they are very dangerous.”

Lauby told the County Commissioners the problem originated with dogs that are lost, abandoned or turned loose by their owners. He told them Fayetteville needed to educate residents about the responsibilities of pet ownership.

“We’re going to have to deal with this problem in the county for years to come,” said Lauby.

According to Ohmidog blog the citizens of Fayetteville have remained extremely silent on the dog cull in their town and only one small group on Facebook is speaking up for the dogs.

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131 comments

W. C
W. C26 days ago

Thanks for the information.

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William C
William C26 days ago

Sad, thank you for caring.

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Heather O.
Heather O6 years ago

I live in NC and can tell you animals are on the bottom of their list. NC officials don't care about animals and see them as a problem. NC needs to revise their stance on animals and controlling them in this state.

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Heather O.
Heather O6 years ago

BAN THE RETAIL SELLING OF ALL CATS AND DOGS. BAN ALL SELLING OF PETS FROM PRIVATE BREEDERS FOR A SET AMT OF YEARS UNTIL OUR UNWANTED POPULATION IS UNDER CONTROL. ACTUALLY ENFORCE SPAY AND NEUTER OR OFFER BENEFITS FOR PET OWNERS WHO ACT RESPONSIBLY. THEN CRUEL KILLING WILL NO LONGER BE NEEDED.

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Dakota Payne
Dakota Payne6 years ago

we must save these animals and get Cesear Milano involved, to help retrain and rehabilitate them and find homes for these unfortunate abandoned, neglected, abused PETS......it's happening here in the USA NOW.........so proof exists now that we are no better than chinese dog killers......if we allow this.

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Julia Tawyea'
Julia Tawyea'6 years ago

This makes me sick.. The Mayor should be shot

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Julie D.
John De Silveira6 years ago

Fayetteville should be ashamed of itself for not speaking up and doing the right thing for these dogs! If some of them can be adoptable then they should be and people need to be educated about the consequences of abandoning an animal!

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Francis Aguiar
Francis Aguiar6 years ago

No animal should be abandoned!!! Never ever, animals are like kids, you dont throw away your children because they misbehave, or become sick!!!! nor your pets!!!!!!!!!!!!
We need
Click the link below to see the petition page on Change.org.
http://www.change.org/petitions/we-need-protecting-laws-for-animals-in-dominican-republic?te=seia laws to protect animals in Dominican republic

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Cynthia Mattera
Cynthia Mattera6 years ago

Shame on the owners of these poor dogs. They are just trying to survive!!!

OMG, we have become such a heartless society when it comes to aniamls. When are we going to wake up and see the pain and creulty we are inflicing on cows, pigs, chickens, dogs, cats and wildife? Enough is enough!

Such a sad outcome for these dogs in Fayettville!

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sharon c.
sharon c6 years ago

barbaric !! NC is showing it's ignorance ! will they start rounding up homeless people and shooting them next!

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