East End Residents Demand Improved Animal Control

Stray dogs are a big problem in Houston’s East End.


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Miriam Rincon, a leader at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Magnolia Park, said stray dogs are all over the neighborhood, and residents are afraid.

“It’s just, the kids can’t go outside and play because their parents are scared of the dogs, that they might bite them, that something may happen,” she said. “And so, it’s a really big problem in our neighborhood.”

Rincon said she understands BARC, the city’s animal control, has limited resources, but she wants the city to know how bad the problem has become in the East End. She and other residents want to see more sweeps in the area.

Ashtyn Rivet with BARC said the East End is one of the areas with the most calls about stray animals.

“We do the best that we can to get to all of the service requests that we receive but we get about 50,000 a year,” she said.

She said BARC currently responds to about a quarter of those requests. And thanks to a budget increase, she said, the department will soon be able to respond to 38 percent of calls.

The community meeting takes place at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 7250 Harrisburg Blvd.


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