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Jul 24, 2014 6:29 PM by Janine Reyes

Neighbors: Stray Sanctuary Not Shut Down

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Strays seem to be taking over the neighborhood on 10th Street. Neighbors there say dogs and cats are everywhere.

From packs of dogs duking it out to show dominance, to cats corralling under a house, our cameras caught plenty this morning. The corner of 10th and Craig looked like what some may call a stray sanctuary

"At feeding time when she goes out there and feeds them, we've counted up to over 25 cats," said neighbor Russel Braziel.

"Sometimes they'll come up and sometimes they'll be on every step," another neighbor Dan Champion told us. He said he thought about calling the city. "They said that if it's cats the city won't do anything about cats," Campion said, explaining why he hadn't made that call.

But, Russel Braziel has called. He's spoken to both Animal Care Services and police. When Animal Care Services doesn't answer, police do, since they monitor Animal Care. His latest call came just days ago, when he spotted dogs with mange. "I have called before on the cats, same thing," Braziel told us, "they don't come out, it's not their problem."

No one at Animal Control Services or the police department could comment on camera today.

But, a police spokesperson did confirm calls at the specific address where we found all the animals back in 2011.

Since what we saw looked like strays, they do move around.

The police spokesperson confirmed that on 10th Street, they responded to two calls in June and three in July. After those calls, they impounded just one dog. They did spot more, but couldn't catch them all.

Officers picked up second one, but, gave it back to the man who claimed the dog, along with five citations.

There's no way of knowing if that's the same person neighbors say is supporting the strays with food and water.

We knocked on the door today, twice, and got no answer.

We also visited the landlord.

"It's like a stray haven out there," we explained to the people who answered the door. "And so what did you want me to (do)," the woman replied.

She later said they'd take care of the problem.

According to the Animal Care Services website, if you feed an animal for three days, it is considered yours. That means the city could cite the person feeding those strays. Violations can come with fines of up to $2,000.

The problem, according neighbors, is that the enforcement rarely happens.

"I called animal control 3-4 days ago," Braziel told us.

Still today, we saw stray after stray at the home.

The city says there are more strays on the streets than they could possibly handle.

Since the beginning of this month, they took in 269 dogs, but they only have 73 kennels to house them in.


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