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Columbus homeowners concerned about stray dogs on property

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - Some Columbus homeowners are on edge after dealing with wild dogs roaming onto their property and messing with their pets. Public Works officials say they will continue to set out traps to try and capture the dogs. Wednesday morning they actually captured of them. 

Gussie McGinnis has lived in her Columbus home for nearly 5 years. For the past 6 months, she's been on edge. She is worried about a pack of dogs roaming her property day and night and scaring her pets and her family.

"I don't know if they have rabies. I don't know if they're wild. They're running free so they could have anything," said Gussie McGinnis.

Her mother likes to sit on the porch during the day. She now has to carry a rake to shoo the dogs away when they get too close. The home is just steps away from a local elementary school. So the family is not only concerned about their safety, but also the safety of the students.

"They scare the children. I had to come out here with my weapon again and guard the children. It's become a headache," said McGinnis.

2 of the dogs have been captured, including 1 Wednesday morning. Public Works Director Pat Beigler says they are working diligently to trap the other dogs. She says it's vital that neighbors don't feed the animals.

"Until they are trapped the folks in the neighborhood are much better off feeding their animals indoors or on a back porch that's screened. Don't put food out in public because the dogs will get to it," said Beigler.

Beigler says Animal Control will respond as quickly as they can to each situation but normally there are only 2 officers on the road at any given time.

"No matter how quickly we get there, generally if you spot something and it disappears before we get there, then we have to go on a hunt.
Sometimes it's very hard to find those animals once they are out of your yards," said Beigler.

If you are having a problem with stray animals you can call Animal Control at 706-653-4512. If it's after 5 p.m. you can dial 911.

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