Roaming dogs besiege family | News
ALBANY, GA- Members of an Albany family are using extra caution because two stray dogs that attacked their child returned to their mobile home park. We told you about these dogs last week after they came after a 7-year-old boy and bit his leg.
The boy's father has been complaining to animal control for months, but every attempt to capture the dogs has failed. Now neighbors are asking why can't more be done to get these dogs off the streets.
That homeowner called about an hour after he says he contacted animal control. When we got to his home the dogs were still there. We were also there when animal control arrived at the home, three hours later, But the dogs were no were to be found.
The stray dogs that have been terrorizing the Country Side Villages Mobile Home Park for months were back in their typical spot right across from Jerry Funderburke's home.
"I come outside and there they are,just as plain as day," he says.
Just last week Funderburke says his son Hunter was attacked by the pit bull, and neighbors say the lab has chased several children as they walk home from school.
"My son wont even come outside right now," he said.
He says he's called Animal Control for months, and each time they've responded and put cages out to capture the dogs, but Funderburke says he is getting frustrated and doesn't know what else he can do.
"I called about two and a half hours ago about two stray dogs and I'm wondering how come no one has been out here yet."
We were there as animal control showed up today, which was three hours after Funderburke says he put in the first call. "I understand there are other things out there that are more important, but this is an ongoing case make sure it is a priority."
According to animal control, they are only working with only two agents at the moment, but they are in the process of training two more which will help them become more efficient.
Funderburke says he just wants them to be taken away not only for the whole neighborhoods protection, but for the dog's well-being as well.
In the meantime, Funderburke will continue to be cautious every time he and his family step outside.
Albany Police say if your life is being threatened by an animal you have the right to defend yourself. But if an animal is doing nothing to harm you at the moment, and you kill or hurt that animal, you will face animal cruelty charges.
Animal control urges folks to continue to report stray dogs and ask people to please be patient as they work with limited staff.
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