Corpus Christi's Animal Care Services surveyed various streets on the city's westside Thursday during a massive sweep for stray dogs.

Neighbors said the area is overrun with dogs, both stray dogs and those that aren't properly restrained by their owners. They said they've called Animal Care Services several times and they have responded, but on Thursday they pulled out all the stops.

Corpus Christi Police Department Cpt. Patrick McMenamy and his team drove several trucks up and down the 500 block of Mohawk Street. The officers were looking for both strays and code violations, such as improperly restrained dogs.

"We're out in full force," McMenamy said. "We're sweeping the neighborhood, we're done, we're citing."

One resident, Joe Flores, said he sees several stray dogs roaming his street every day, and that some of them should be considered dangerous. Unfortunately, the stray dogs in his neighborhood have killed multiple cats and dogs.

"They already killed two of my cats," Flores said.

He said he's fed up with irresponsible pet owners.

"Animals are loose, dogs are barking all night, they're fighting, females are in heat, and people will not claim their animals," Flores said.

McMenamy said the problem stems from lack of owner education and care. The issue at hand is pet owners failing to spay or neuter their dogs while letting them roam and procreate, causing an increase in Corpus Christi's stray population.

"It's a continuous cycle. They need to take responsibility for their pets. They need to keep them in their yard," McMenamy said.

McMenamy urges pet owners to think twice about owning a pet -- to take into account the costs, attention and care it takes to raise a cat or dog. He wants the public to know if they must restrain their dog on their property, to use a proper trolley system.

Flores said he was glad to see Animal Care Services out and about Thursday, helping to control the stray population in Corpus Christi.

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