Red Phone: Problems with stray dogs

Red Phone: Low branches need to be cut

I have these stray dogs on Eigleberry between Seventh and Eighth
streets. They sleep in the street and bark at people. When I walk
my dog, they bark at it and try to attack it.
“I have these stray dogs on Eigleberry between Seventh and Eighth streets. They sleep in the street and bark at people. When I walk my dog, they bark at it and try to attack it. I have seen them bark at women with strollers going by. There were a couple young girls who came over on my lawn because they were afraid they were going to get bit. The dogs sleep in the street. I have a yard on Eigleberry. They dig holes in the garden and they take things. I have been calling for the last year, and nothing has been done. They said if I contain the dogs, they will take them away. But animal control can’t do anything about it. I guess they are so busy this side of town doesn’t get taken care of.”

& Red Phone: Dear You are not alone in your desire to see these dogs off the streets. It was one of the hot topics residents said they disliked about the city in the Discover Gilroy Survey released earlier this year.

The Gilroy Police Department doesn’t have the staffing to respond to all stray reports but will respond when there is an aggressive or dangerous animal that is loose, said GPD Sgt. Chad Gallacinao.

“The department will respond to all reports of dogs displaying aggressive behavior and will impound aggressive dogs if the owner is not present,” he said “The department may classify dogs as dangerous – as authorized by the municipal code – and can place safety restrictions on aggressive dogs.”

He encourages people to call the police department at 846-0350 to report aggressive animals as they notice them.

In addition as you mentioned, the police department will pick up stray dogs that have been captured and attempt to locate the owner, Gallacinao said.

There are dog traps available for purchase. But a less expensive option you may also want to consider is luring a dog into a building or other structure on your property using a food with a strong scent. Once the dog is in, you can call animal control to have them pick it up.

But be careful because the dog might bite if it is trapped and scared, said former San Martin veterinarian Pete Keesling. And make sure you don’t trap a neighbor’s pet because you may face legal repercussions if your neighbor chooses to call his or her attorney, he said, mentioning that he heard of just such a case several years ago.

While it won’t help get rid of stray dogs in the area, some people have had success with sprays or electronic devices to keep strays out of their yards.

“Probably the most important thing is not leave any food out for cats or dogs. The smell will often attract unwanted visitors,” Keesling said.

Hope that helps, good caller.

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