Teens organize event to educate neighbors about loose dog problem

A couple of students from W.W. Samuell High School say recent reports about loose and stray dogs have motivated them to do something about it. Demond Fernandez has more.

DALLAS – The loose dog problem in the City of Dallas is getting the attention of a lot of people. A couple of students from W.W. Samuell High School say recent reports about loose and stray dogs have motivated them to do something about it.

“We’re trying to raise awareness,” said 12th grader Steve Vasquez.

He and his classmate, Isaac Espinoza, have been on a mission for a couple of weeks. The teens have been tracking loose dog reports.

They say packs of dogs roaming in their Pleasant Grove neighborhood are among the estimated 8,700 loose and stray dogs across Southern Dallas.

Steve knows the impact. He survived a stray dog’s attack.

"I started feeling this sense of fear that I'm not going to be able to make it back home,” Steve remembered.

Frustrated with the city’s response to the loose and stray dog problems, Steve and Isaac decided it is time for them to take action.

"There needs to be a call of attention to this,” Isaac said. “Our citizens are being attacked, mauled by these dogs."

The students organized an even to help educate their community about options. They hit the streets Saturday morning, going door-to-door, passing out pamphlets, and discussing free spay and neuter programs with the non-profit Spay and Neuter Network.

“It has been frustrating,” Steve said. “I've heard that the city is actually trying to come up with something, but they are not having any luck. So, I was like can't we at least start doing something, instead of talking about it, can't we try to do something."

The students have been working on the service project with their Social Studies teacher, Kyle Bilton.

“When I see these guys taking on a huge challenge like this, and really pressing forward and organizing and then doing something about it,” Bilton said. “That excites me."

Steve and Isaac say the service project is their way of proactively addressing a community problem.

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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