The stray pet population is a major issue in Corpus Christi. It seems no area of the city is immune. In some neighborhoods, the problem is feral cats, and in others, it's stray dogs.
While the City's latest efforts to bring the problem under control are working, it seems the animals are giving officers a run for their money.
"We've been trying to catch some dogs and trying to get rid of them, but they don't let us touch em," said Analy Ramirez, a resident of Cheyenne Street.
For the City's Animal Control officers, Cheyenne Street is ground zero.
Monica Figueroa, another Cheyenne Street resident, said she is afraid to let her own dog out because of the strays in the area.
"See, there's one right there," Figueroa said. "There's the dog right there. He's the number one. He keeps getting into my yard."
Sometimes, she has to take matters into her own hands.
"I have to have this broom here all the time, and as soon as I see them, I just start pushing them and pushing them and pushing them back, and so I kick them right outside the gate," Figueroa said.
Animal Control and the local group known as People Assisting Animal Control, or PAAC, recently kicked off a plan in an attempt to reduce the number of strays, focusing on specific streets, Cheyenne being the first. But on Thursday, it seemed that officers were being left in the dust.
While on the hunt for strays, residents are told about City ordinances that offer spaying and neutering, as well as vaccinations, for free.
So far this year, Animal Control has responded to 41 calls out of Cheyenne Street. Out of those, 12 were reported bites.
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