Dogs Running Wild in Newcastle

Packs of dogs are running wild in the streets of Newcastle, disturbing residents and even killing livestock. Yet a new program may soon help control the animals in a humane way.

"I would suspect that there are probably 40-50 dogs that roam the city right now," says the City of Newcastle Mayor Stephen Sosinski.

"There are a lot of people out here who raise livestock and I've seen them get into people's pens and kill just about everything that they have," says resident Jack Cavanaugh, "I myself have lost 3 animals."

"I have seen packs of dogs that number 8 to 10," echoes the Mayor. "What they will do is intimidate people who are walking their dogs on leashes or they'll intimidate children on bicycles or actually stop traffic."

It's the intimidation and the disruption that forced people within the City of Newcastle to take a stand against animal control.

"We're trying to protect the public, we're trying to protect the animals themselves and we're trying to give everybody pleasant community where they can exist with their pets," says Mayor Sosinski.

That's why the Mayor hired the Humane Society of Young County to patrol the streets. The Mayor hopes the new action will keep the dogs from being a nuisance and stop them from potentially spreading disease.

"These dogs probably don't have vaccinations, they probably don't have rabies shots and that increases the risk to the public and their dogs," he explains.

Starting Thursday, the Humane Society will patrol the city 2 nights a week for about 4 hours each shift. The mayor also stressed that the new patrols make it extremely important for owners to register their pets with the city.

Newcastle's contract with the Humane Society of Young County will cost about $2,500 for a 6 month trial period.

Mary Moloney, Newschannel 6