Hidalgo County Working on Reducing Stray Dog Population

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 10:24am

Stray dogs are a common site in Hidalgo county and Erin Murray went along with animal control officers to see how they're trying to reduce the number of the growing dog population.

It's not an uncommon site to see a stray dog walking down the street in the poorer neighborhoods across Hidalgo county. Hidalgo Animal Control officers go out about twice a week on dog raids into neighborhoods, with police and constables assisting, in the collection of stray dogs. Animal control officers can't just pick up any dog without a collar though, the dog must be on the street or sidewalk for the officers to capture the animal. If the dog is on private property or even wanders onto the property animal control officers must get the homeowners permission to remove the dog. On average the raids normally bring in about 40 dogs to the Palm Valley Humane Society and officials ask that you call Animal Control to report on any stray dogs.

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