Residents report loose dogs killing cats on N. 10th St.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Georgia McIntyre has lived on this street for over 50 years and she says nothing like this has ever happened on her street. Loose dogs, whose home is unknown, attacking cats.

“It was about 7:30 and our neighbors next door heard a commotion in the garage and they went in, it has a loft, and he went up the steps and he went up the steps and there was one of the two dogs that had taken him in there or he had chased him, the dogs had chased him and there he was up in the loft dead,” McIntyre said.
Then, another. Followed by two more.

Animal control officers are trying to help but the animals appear to be mystery dogs.
No one can find them during the day.

So, animal control officer Tim Manley suggests another option.

“Code enforcement, animal control, we work eight to four Monday through Friday. If it’s before eight in the morning we obviously aren’t working so civilians need to call police dispatch. Police dispatch will send an officer out,” Manley said.

Concerned neighbors have also taken it upon themselves to keep an eye out as night time approaches. But still nothing.

They’re also worried about the protection of the children in the neighborhood.

It’s just scary because we have so many children in the neighborhood too. and I mean if its going to go after a cat, it’s probably going to go after a child too,” McIntyre said.

Although that is the worst case scenario McIntyre hopes those mystery dogs that can’t seem to be found, don’t come back tonight.

Code enforcement says residents are not allowed to have loose cats or dogs.
They also ask that if in public, please keep a pet on a leash.

*Photojournalist Cody Murphy

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