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Submitted by Katelyn Supa on Mon, 07/11/2011 - 6:23am.

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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