29 May 2013 by Dog Lady. Posted on the web site www.gypsydogops.com
As the spring membership drive kicks off, Gypsy Dog Ops proudly endorses NOCUPP and has finally has a chance to say thank you in person – with slobbery dog kisses of course!
Why is a rescue site endorsing a neighborhood police patrol? Because it takes a village to solve the hard to catch / feral dog problems in Oak Cliff.
Last November when the dangerous feral dog pack returned to South Rosemont, it was NOCUPP, more than Animal Service, more than 311, more than any other city service, that had documentation of the pack, had cascaded the information to their officers, and had posted actionable information for WH residents.
When Animal Services was overloaded and too busy to come pick up a dog we had manage to capture by hand (a dog they had accidentally let go the night before while loading it in the van) - it was Officer Keith who immediately responded as he knew about the high priority status Scott Griggs’ office had given the pack. Officer Keith finished up a call and then came to the scene and helped confine the dog in his squad car until Animal Services could arrive.
When I protested that we shouldn’t put the dog in the squad car because the large dog might try to tear up the car, or worse, it might answer the call of nature in the back seat – Officer Keith calmly said that there wasn’t anything that the dog could do that a perp hadn’t already done back there.
I learned wild dogs and perpetrators are very similar, so a police car is conveniently equipped to handle unruly dogs. It has a cage to protect the driver and can pretty easily be cleaned out with a fire hose if need be. Officer Keith’s willingness to put the dog in the car and drive the dog to Animal Service himself, if need be, helped us continue to reduce the pack numbers and helped diffuse a growing aggressive dog problem.
So if you’re wondering if you should sign up for NOCUPP this year, I can tell you first hand – NOCUPP understands the unique needs of your neighborhood and protects you and your family in ways you never dreamed of. This is just one of many things NOCUPP has done, but this is the thing Gypsy Dog Ops would like to thank NOCUPP for the most.
This last weekend it was a great honor for us to bring the formerly feral, head of the wild dog pack, Tasha, out for a pet from Officer Keith. I know it is just as much fun for him to watch her grow into a domesticated success story as it is for us. We are very glad Officer Keith is part of our village.