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Dallas Neighbors Take Grassroots Approach To Stray Dog Problem

DALLAS (CBS 11 News) - Stray and loose dogs are the number one code compliance complaint heard at Dallas City Hall.

Many neighbors in Oak Cliff said the problem is so out-of-control they're afraid to even go outside for a walk.

"It can be really bad sometimes," said Oak Cliff resident David Rapp. "You go out and have to go back in because there will be five to six dogs out there and you never know if they are upset."

Saturday afternoon more than 50 people gathered for a community meeting in Oak Cliff to address the issue.

Chris Watts said he is hoping a grassroots approach will help spread the word about the resources currently available that can aid in controlling the overpopulation.

"We have to focus on the quality of life for the animal, but we also have to worry about the neighbor, who may or may not like dogs, and how to successful get these dogs off the streets."

Watts said his goal is to bring neighbors, animal rescue groups, and the city all into the discussion.

Last year, Dallas Animal Services took in 27,416 dogs and cats.

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