Pack of dangerous dogs rounded up after attack on boy

Animal control officers got the animals off the streets after a vicious attack on a boy
April 4, 2014 2:59:59 PM PDT
A pack of dangerous dogs are off the streets. They were rounded up after an attack on a 13-year-old boy in east Houston. The boy was bitten near Demaree and Munn while walking home from school Thursday.

Animal control rounded up seven dogs on Friday, and there are still a couple more they need to find. They're trying to get the entire pack which attacked that 13-year-old boy.

Animal control officers took to the park and surrounding brush, armed with tranquilizer darts on the hunt for strays. They targeted dogs one by one, hauling them in after they finally stopped running.

Authorities blame a pack of stray dogs for the vicious attack on Carlos Chavarria, 13, at about 4:30pm Thursday as he walked home from school through Pleasonton Manor Park. Officers say the dogs swarmed the park because a dog in heat was nearby.

We found Chavarria at his home Friday, arms and legs bandaged, and using crutches. Chavarria identified five of six dogs officers showed him, saying they were part of the pack which attacked.

Neighbors say they've complained for months about the number of dogs roaming this east side neighborhood. Animal control officers say they do what they can with the resources they have.

"We're definitely short on manpower," said BARC animal control manager Jarrad Mears. "We generally have six to seven officers running 6,209 square miles daily."

Chavarria tells us he's feeling better. His leg hurts him the most. He's thankful for the man who he says helped fight off the dogs. He doesn't even know his name.

Authorities will now try to figure out if the dogs belong to anyone. Their time terrorizing the neighborhood though appears to be over.

The dogs will be held for a mandatory three days and if not claimed, they will be euthanized and checked for rabies.

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