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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Heather O.
Heather O.5 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.

Heather O.
Heather O.5 years ago


Dakota Payne
Dakota Payne5 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.

Julia Tawyea'
Julia Tawyea'5 years ago

This makes me sick.. The Mayor should be shot

Julie D.
John De Silveira5 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!

Francis Aguiar
Francis Aguiar5 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

Cynthia Mattera
Cynthia Mattera5 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!

sharon c.
sharon c.5 years ago

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

Merrily L.
La Loba L.5 years ago

Considering the economy in the U.S. today, and the number of families being forced to give up (by one means or another) their pet dogs, in particular - I believe we will see more and more of this type situation in the coming years. It's already being seen in many more places than just N.C.

We, as intelligent humans have a duty to come up with better solutions than trapping, keeping them 3 days, then euthanizing them. By the way, does anyone know what method N.C. uses to "put them down"? If it's by decompression chamber, please put an immediate stop to this. They should never be mass killed. They didn't choose to live on the streets. I think in many cases, that children and adults were loathe to be forced to give up their dogs.

At the same time, we have "Animal Control" agents who will trace down anyone who has more than a given number of dogs - regardless if the dogs are being treated well.

I'd like to see more retired people have a plan for their pets. We all know they benefit from having loving pets, so they owe it to that pet to see to it that it is properly cared for when the person can no longer take care of them.

Diana S.
Diana P.5 years ago

The owners who let these dogs go are totally to blame, but it's so hard to catch them to hold them accountable. The dogs pay the price. I think every possibility to rehabilitate them and adopt them out should be explored, but that takes time and money. I just don't know.

I hate to say this, because I'm big on animal rights, but if a wild dog attacked and killed one of my dogs, I can't promise you that I wouldn't do everything possible to put that animal in the ground. I'm sure parents would feel the same way if a child was attacked. It isn't pretty, but it's true. :/