Can Professional Gunmen Stop Fayetteville’s Stray Dog Problem?


Fayetteville, NC is considering an extreme measure to clear their streets of 150 stray dogs that officials say live in packs, threaten neighbors and kill pets. The town wants to hire professional gunmen to fix the problem.

The Fayetteville Observer ran a story about the problem earlier this month and afterward Mayor Tony Chavonne received a proposal from a Fort Worth, Texas organization called the “Dangerous Animal Task Force” offering to rid the town of the dogs.

The written proposal stated the task force would send four members of their team “with trucks and tranquilizer darts to hunt the dogs for two weeks.” The darts would have GPS chips in them which would allow the gunmen to track down animals that were shot, but still able to run into the woods.

The stray dogs would then be transported to the County Animal Shelter, presumably to be euthanized.

Dr. John Lauby, director of the Animal Services Department told the Fayetteville Observer, the number of packs of stray dogs is “unusually high” this year because more owners are abandoning their pets. The retired veterinarian also reported that dogs can turn “feral” very quickly after people leave them behind.

Lauby and his officers have shot and killed nine wild dogs in the past few weeks.

City manager Dale Iman reviewed the task force’s literature and recommended the proposal to the City Council. He said, “I think we have a good chance of making an impact.”

Dangerous Animal Task Force would charge $29,000 for their “deployment”, but would not guarantee any specific results. The cost of the service would be split between Fayetteville and the county.

In their proposal, the task force described their mission as “to assist law enforcement and other local authorities in emergency situations and natural disasters where dangerous animals are involved.”

The Ohmidog blog reported on this story and brought up some very interesting alternatives to shooting dogs in the streets. “Rather than a gun-toting dog posse, wouldn’t it make more sense to seek help from a group like Best Friends Animal Society or the Humane Society of the United States, who could evaluate the animals as individuals, rather than as trophies?”

“If Michael Vick’s dogs, after what they went through, could be rehabilitated and become family pets, don’t these deserve a chance? And why isn’t anyone speaking up for them?”

The blog also said the town of Fayetteville doesn’t have its own animal shelter. This fact surely played a huge role in the large number of dogs left to fend for themselves.

Fayetteville’s plan appears to be shortsighted. It doesn’t account for dogs that will be abandoned in the future, solutions like spay and neuter programs or building a safe animal shelter where owners can relinquish their pets when they are unable to care for them.

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W. C
W. C2 months ago


William C
William C2 months ago

Terrible, thank you.

carol k.
carol k6 years ago

it is just another excuse for lesser humans who enjoy the thrill of wiping out another life form to get his shiny big gun out and kill something. Send the sharp shooter to a muslim country ! spay neuter the dogs and find homes for them . make people responsible for their pets! not hired dog slayers

Wendy Kobylarz

Does anyone have any updates on this situation? I live in NC, but I live across the state from Fayetteville. I had tried to get some information back in July and just came across this reminder to myself to follow up. I'd be very grateful for any news or information on how I can get involved to stop it.
Thank you.

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton6 years ago

I can only pray-- What goes around comes around!!!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener6 years ago

Jesus... there are far more humane & effective ways, devote attention to LONG TERM SOLUTIONS.

Marlene Dinkins

yes definitely this ugly little town of fayetteville is very wrong. this poor animals deserve another chance. why kill them? ?????? why????? and also spent too much momney to do that. its unbeliebble. its disgusting. and also very sad. all that money could be used in another way, for exsample, offer to an organisation that could get them and help them. gun men its not necesary for this. i hope this people who ever is thinking in do this change their mind.

Elizabeth K.
Elizabeth K6 years ago

Alison, these are not feral dogs, they are abandoned pets, most of which could find good homes if they had a chance. Don't make ignorant statements that could result in the death of dogs that were simply left behind when their family moved.

Alison V.
Alison Venugoban6 years ago

Having grown up on a farm, I've seen the damage that packs of feral dogs can do, including death and maiming of livestock. And I'd far sooner these dogs were shot than have them attack a child. The idea of packs of hungry dogs roaming the streets is quite chilling.

Seledi M.
Seledi M6 years ago

are they even serious. they can take the money they are going to invest in this and put it towards the dogs.....