Jul 24, 2013 2:32 PM by Rachel Cole - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Animal control officers were out on Cheyenne Street near Agnes, again picking up strays and issuing citations to pet owners whose animals are running loose.
Wednesday's sweep is part of a program launched by the city to cut down on stray animals around town.
Animal control officers and members of a group called "People Assisting Animal Control" launched the new program about two weeks ago.
They went go door-to-door on Cheyenne Street and met with residents, offering them free spay or neuter surgery for their pets. People in that neighborhood had a week to get their pets fixed or get slapped with a 500 hundred dollar fine.
Animal control officers headed out to the same neighborhood to crack down on pet owners.
Officers caught 8 dogs as of Wednesday morning according to animal control officer Reynaldo Deleon. That doesn't include the other 4 strays they picked up yesterday.
"We're working on cleaning up Cheyenne, we're doing spay and neutering program, so we're citing anyone who's got their dogs out because we've already been out here to warn them," Deleon said.
The warnings for residents in that neighborhood had the chance a few weeks ago to get their pet fixed for free through a program funded by a grant money.
"We've been out here many times to warn them and to get their dogs off the streets and the stray dogs of course," Deleon added.
Animal control says the area is a hot spot for loose animals, based on the high number of calls about strays.
Officers say they hear all the excuses about why animals are wandering around their property.
"They say they let their dogs out to pee without a leash the moment we pass by," Deleon said.
No excuses though, especially like that will get anyone out of a ticket.
"We've given two citations for free restraint," Deleon said.
He admits though even with a team of officers, they can't catch all the loose pets parading around the block.
"When we get off the truck their ready to go, so we try and chase them and try and catch them," Deleon added.
Animal control plans to sweep the neighborhood again sometime this week.