Pack of wild dogs roams Memphis neighborhood

The peaceful serenity of a quiet Memphis neighborhood is being threatened by a pack of stray dogs.
The peaceful serenity of a quiet Memphis neighborhood is being threatened by a pack of stray dogs.

(WMC-TV) - The peaceful serenity of a quiet Memphis neighborhood is being threatened by a pack of stray dogs. Now, residents are living in fear and pleading for help.

Jessica Tinsley loves to jog along her quiet street in east Memphis. But lately she's been on guard, worried about a pack of stray pit bulls running loose.

"A guy stopped in his car and said, 'There are five dogs on the loose up there. You might want to go a different way,'" Tinsley said Monday. "So I took the other block and cut my run short."

According to neighbors, the dogs have already killed a cat and seven chickens in a neighbor's backyard.

Records show Memphis Animal Services received a call on October 8 about a pack of dogs killing chickens. An officer responded to the call, but did not find any loose animals. Then, MAS received a similar call Friday, October 21st, and an officer was dispatched to the area to set a trap.

The dogs were last seen near the Dixon Gallery and Gardens near Cherry and Park.

Neighbors have been complaining about them for about a month.

"If there are pit bulls on the loose, I'm going to have to start bringing some mace or something," Tinsley said.

Meanwhile, residents are hoping Memphis Animal Services will be able to catch at least three dogs that are still unaccounted for.

"I think somebody that owns them, or wherever they came from needs to take responsibility for them and make sure they stay locked up," Tinsley said.

If you have seen the dogs, contact Memphis Animal Services at (901) 362-5310.

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