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Feral dogs roam on Columbus elementary school's playground

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A pack of wild dogs has been roaming the school yard at Allen Elementary this week, keeping students, parents, and administrators on edge. Concern increase after a jogger was bitten by one of the dogs. The city is taking steps to fix this problem.

"It was a real threat, I felt, to the children's safety," said Principal Angi Idel.

Idel said students and teachers have been in fear all week after a pack of 4 wild dogs has been seen roaming the school's property and barking at students. Every day since Monday, Idel said she's called  animal control to come get the dogs. They set one cage trap, but still the animals have not been captured.

"We're just really concerned and questioned why weren't the dogs picked up," said Angi Idel.

The principal said the pack was shoo-ed away from the area Thursday morning. Idel allowed the students to return to the playground Thursday afternoon, but she's still concerned that these dogs are roaming the streets.

"Teachers have walkie talkies and I said at the first sighting of these dogs, come back in and call me and let me know," said Idel.

We brought Idel's concerns to the mayor asking why the pack of 4 has yet to be captured.

"There was a citizen who was feeding the dogs therefore they weren't hungry and so they weren't taking tranquilizer bait and they weren't taking the bait that was being left in traps," said Mayor Teresa Tomlinson.

The mayor said they located that individual and the stray animals food source has been cut off.

"Since we think they've been without an easy source of food for a bit now. It may be much easier to catch them or to use temporary tranquilizers to get them," said the mayor.

Idel hopes the animals are caught quickly so her students and the community can be safe and at ease.

"Putting the safety of the children 1st that's what I'm charged to do and I take that very seriously," said Idel.

The mayor said residents need to take caution until the animals are captured. She and Idel both encourage homeowners to refrain from feeding stray animals in the area.

Naomi Keitt

Naomi Keitt focuses on education reporting for WRBL News 3. More>>

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