Corpus Christi's Animal Control have come up with a new plan to deal with what appears to be a growing problem for the city -- stray animals.
They are going to offer free spaying and neutering in neighborhoods that continue to be plagued by a high number of strays.
Kiii News Reporter Anayeli Ruiz went Live from one of those neighborhoods, near Cheyenne and Morgan on the city's westside, with the details of their new plan.
People Assisting Animal Control, or PAAC, just received a $5,000 grant from the ASPCA. The money will help Animal Control target specific streets that are highly populated with animals.
"Small dogs, big dogs, you have a little bit of everything," Cheyenne neighborhood resident Maria Ernest said. "Sometimes there are even puppies running around."
That's how residents describe what they see on a daily basis in their neighborhood, which is why Animal Control and PAAC are changing the game plan to try and reduce the number of strays. They are going to try and focus on specific streets. They plan on educating residents about the City ordinances, and will offer spaying and neutering, as well as vaccinations.
The best thing of all is that the services will be free for residents.
The first street that they are targeting is Cheyenne. So far this year, Animal Control has responded to 41 calls out of that neighborhood, and out of those 41, 12 have been for bites. Residents in the area are fed up with the problem.
"It's very frustrating because the kids get close to the dogs and cats and they bring in flees," Cheyenne resident Angelita Coronado said.
A few weeks after the services are provided, Animal Control will go back out and hand out citations to the residents who are not following the rules. Those can cost up to $500.
The bottom line is, they just want to make sure the dogs are being taken care of.
"Unfortunately, these animals are reproducing and end up in the shelter, and they are dying here," PAAC President Cheryl Martinez said. "You would do a few blocks that are highly populated with the animals. That is how you truly make a difference and spend the money wiser."
The grant is only going to cover the spaying and neutering of 100 animals. They are hoping that the community will donate money so that Animal Control can continue to offer the program to other troubled areas through out the city.
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