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Wild dogs challenge Cumberland Co. animal workers

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) -- Cumberland County officials say about
10 packs of wild dogs are roaming neighborhoods and are threatening
pets and people.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Monday that county animal
services employees have shot and killed nine feral dogs in the last
two weeks.

Officials say there could be as many as 150 wild dogs in the
packs.

Agency director John Lauby attributes part of the problem to
animals abandoned by their owners and turning wild. Residents have
reported that dogs are killing their pet cats.

The county's animal services department fields more than 200
calls a day.

Lauby said his agency has tried trapping and tranquilizing the
animals, with little luck.

He says people should call when they see the packs and avoid
leaving food out for feral dogs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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