Council, citizens mull over what could be done
Many concerns and few solutions were heard during an informal discussion Tuesday night at a meeting of the East Tawakoni City Council on the problem of stray dogs running loose in the city.
H.L. Thomas touched off the examination into the problem and safety concerns during citizens comments when he said, “We do have a dog problem.”
Mayor Johnnie LaPrade said, “We have no animal control. Rains County has not animal control.”
Chief of Police Rick South said the owners could be issued citations, but an officer had to personally observe the offending animal. He said there was no shelter available to take dogs.
“I believe Rains County should have animal control, but they can’t afford it,” he said.
Chief South said when an officer approached the person thought to own an offending animal, the response was, “No, it’s not mine.”