Louran Ottaway is a self proclaimed dog-lover. So when a beagle was dumped on her front porch last week, she chased the dog and tried to rescue it. When she finally tracked it down...
"It got me right on the face."
Later, after checking herself into United Regional hospital for pain and a fever, doctors told her she contracted salmonella.
"I noticed that this part of my mouth was sore and swollen, then I knew," Ottaway said.
Within the span of one week, two different dogs were dropped off on Ottaway's front porch.
Wichita Falls Animal Control says in any given month, about 350 to 400 cats and dogs are brought into their offices.
"Whether those dogs are being dumped or whether or not they're getting loose, we don't know," Wichita Falls Animal Services Administrator Katrena Mitchell said.
According to Mitchell, people dumping dogs and cats in Wichita Falls is a big issue.
"There are a few places here inside the city limits where its more popular because there's just a few houses, not many people in the area so its easy to dump an animal and leave without being seen.
"We do have a problem, we do need pet owners to make sure they're keeping their pets confined."
Those who happen upon a stray cat or dog should be careful about interacting with it, because you're not aware of its demeanor and health beforehand.
"We don't recommend anyone run after a dog," Mitchell said. "If somebody sees an animal loose, definitely give animal control a phone call. The officers are trained to capture the animal safely and hopefully no one gets bit."
That was not the case for Ottaway. I asked her after being bitten, if she will handle the situation differently if a dog was dumped there again.
"I'm still going to chase them and try to save them," Ottaway said. "To me, a dog is like a friend...they have hearts too."
Ottaway says that she's concerned that drivers near where she lives won't slow down and will end up hitting a stray dog.
Mitchell advises people bring these domesticated animals to animal control, where they're not going to be run over or put in danger. The Animal Services Center provides a number of services to keep dogs and cats off the streets and out of the shelter.