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Stray dogs terrorizing pets in Memphis neighborhood

One Memphis neighborhood says dogs are terrorizing their pets, even killing them. One Memphis neighborhood says dogs are terrorizing their pets, even killing them.
A few months ago Cindy Pilkinton had an unlikely intruder. A few months ago Cindy Pilkinton had an unlikely intruder.

(WMC) - One Memphis neighborhood says dogs are terrorizing their pets, even killing them.

Eight cats have been killed in the last few months near the Sea Isle Park in East Memphis; the suspects are a pack of stray dogs that both neighbors and animal control can't seem to track down.

A few months ago Cindy Pilkinton had an unlikely intruder.

"I heard a disturbance on the back porch which is screened," said Pilkinton.

She came outside to a crime scene where three black stray dogs were still in her backyard. She says it happened about 5:30 a.m. The dogs broke through the screen and attacked the cat.

"I went off the back porch, and they were taking him off the back porch, doing what they do, then they left," said Pilkinton.

Since then seven more attacks occurred; people have reported cat killings. Pilkinton even saw the dogs a second time two weeks ago.

She shot video as proof, as the dogs ran across her neighbors yard looking for food.

"That day when I saw them, I called animal control, of course they are out in Bartlett. They don't have anybody in the area, so there's not a whole lot they can do," she said.

She says animal control came out a week later but couldn't find the dogs. Several of her neighbors have even called police, but when they arrived the dogs were gone.

"I'm a cat owner, and I would be devastated if my cat was attacked by a dog," said neighbor Michelle Bates.

Michelle Bates says she's on high alert, watching her pets, and checking her porch for any unwanted stray intruders.

Neighbors say the dogs appear to be a lab mix, and they are striking after dark or just before sunrise. Animal control only responds during daylight.

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