Reporting Kai Jackson
ST. MARY’S COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — A wild pack of dogs is reportedly on the loose in St. Mary’s County.
As Kai Jackson reports, these dogs have been terrorizing a neighborhood, and so far have managed to elude Animal Control.
In St. Inigoes, Animal Control officers set traps.
Brian Corbin keeps a close watch over Sugar. Saturday morning, he let his other dog Gizmo out, but he never came home.
“I just started looking for him and found him. They had like ripped, tore his throat up real bad,” Corbin said.
Authorities believe a pack of wild killer dogs is roaming through a rural section of St. Mary’s County. Those who have seen them describe large ferocious animals.
“Some of them say they are pit mixes. Some of them say there’s a couple shepherd mixes,” said animal control officer Leroy Owens.
Days before Gizmo was killed and about a mile away, a pack of wild dogs killed a basset hound. Now Michelle Lepter also holds her puppy tight.
“We’re afraid to let our dogs out to just do their normal business without supervising anymore, and are afraid to even walk ourselves,” Lepter said.
Animal control officers first learned of the killer dogs last summer. Since then, they have trapped several feral puppies and euthanized them. But the adult, most dangerous dogs have eluded them.
“We’re going to start patrolling later in the evening. Then we’ll try to do maybe a couple of night patrols. But it’s just catching up with them is the hard part,” Owens said.
While the dogs continue to run free, some residents say they will continue to live in fear.
“It’s a big concern about the kids, you know. ‘Cause you know they’re attacking house dogs…You know they’ll attack anything,” said Corbin.
Authorities say these dogs are smart. They avoid the traps, sleep during the day and travel and hunt during the early morning and late night hours.