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After several complaints, city cracks down on aggressive dogs

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C.C. Animal Control officers picked up several roaming dogs on Mohawk Street Thursday morning. C.C. Animal Control officers picked up several roaming dogs on Mohawk Street Thursday morning.
Several residents on Mohawk Street complained about aggressive dogs in their neighborhood. Several residents on Mohawk Street complained about aggressive dogs in their neighborhood.
Resident Gloria Cuervo said packs of 10 to 12 aggressive dogs often roam her neighborhood. Resident Gloria Cuervo said packs of 10 to 12 aggressive dogs often roam her neighborhood.

Corpus Christi Animal Care Services sent out several employees to pick up stray dogs after receiving several complaints from residents in one west side neighborhood. 

Residents on the 700 block of Mohawk Street, near Baldwin and Morgan, were complaining that their neighbors weren't keeping their dogs in their yards and those dogs were roaming the neighborhoods.

On Thursday morning, Animal Care employees swept the neighborhood for stray dogs, and passed out citations to residents whose dogs were running loose.

Resident Gloria Cuervo said, "They're walking around in packs, like ten or 12 dogs. I'm not lying to you. The other day they had one by the face and had it like a rag doll. It was a pit bull. It was gross. And right here, I tried walking through my own yard and it was growling at me."

Another homeowner, Joe Flores said the stray dogs killed two of his cats and they don't let him sleep at night. He said, "They're fighting. As a matter of fact, they got inside my property when the gates were closed, and I heard a big brawl and I came out again. They were in my property because of the female (dog). I finally got them, shooed them out and they got out."

Captain Patrick McMenamy with Animal Care Services said he hoped Thursday's sweep would restore order to Mohawk Street. He said the problem goes back to education and the public,adding, "As citizens, they need to take responsibility for their pets. They need to keep them in their yard. If the animals get out, they're going to roam the streets. They're going to breed and make more puppies. It's a continuous cycle."

Capt. McMenamy said the city would not be dealing with anymore excuses from dog owners who aren't taking care of their pets. He said, "People will say they didn't know or I didn't think about it. You know. We're done. We're citing. There are no more warnings."

Those who were cited will have to appear in municipal court. 

Meanwhile, Animal Control will hold the eight dogs that were picked up for five days. If no one claims them, they will be put up for adoption.

Capt. McMenamy said the message from today's sweep is pet owners have to be responsible. He said, "Just like you have to take care of your children, you have to take care of your pets. If you want to have pets, you will have to step up and take responsibility. I encourage them to look at spay and neutering. If you can't afford it, there are some things out there that you can reach out to if you just do your research."

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