It’s a problem some cities don’t like to admit having.
Stray dogs are more common in some streets more than others. However stray animals are not unique to one specific area.
Each year hundreds of stray dogs captured by animal control services valley-wide and they may end up for adoption.
We received a complaint about a stray animal problem out in the City of Pharr this past week. As a result, we set out to trailer park to find out what specific policies they may have there.
Frank Villareal – Animal Control Supervisor tells us that they provide typical animal control services. He says, “We help them out with any problems they have with animals, critters, with any traps… We work 24-7 there is always a guy on standby.”
Response for the Pharr animal control teams may be limited to emergency calls after regular business hours. At which point, they may be dispatched by the fire or department or police. Stray dogs captured in Pharr are kept for 3 to 5 days for the owner to claim them. Then they are sent to an animal shelter in Edinburg.
We visit the trailer park on E Moore Rd after-hours, where the complaint said multiple dogs were roaming the streets. Animal control guidelines for stray animals may be different for a trailer park as opposed to regular city streets.
“They think we’re going to do it but sometimes it’s hard for us to go into that big park,” says Villareal. “There is a lot of trailers and it’s impossible to be running through all those trailers catching animals.”
Although we found only a couple of stray animals in the park, Villareal says he is aware of there a problem in the area. He says one of the main reasons they don’t set up traps there is the lack of co-operation between his department and property management.
“Some management don’t agree with our rules. They say, ‘no we don’t want to sign for a dog trap’ and we tell them, ‘you have to fix the fence first of all.’”
The traps are signed off to property owners in case of theft or damage. Villareal states multiple gated communities do co-operate, however there are no traps at the E Moore park. In the case of fixing negligent living conditions, that may be an issue with another department. For Pharr, that department may code enforcement.
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