ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – The St. Louis County animal shelter says it is bearing the brunt of the city’s problem of stray dogs that are putting children in danger.
“I don't know another city in America where kids have to be frightened to walk to school because they're afraid of being attacked by dogs," said St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed. He says many city children face this problem everyday in certain parts of the area.
News 4 went to the Walnut Park neighborhood of north St. Louis to see how much of a problem stray dogs were, and found some dogs wandering around with no collars or tags.
Residents in the area say they see dogs everyday sometimes turning over trash cans for food.
In the past few years, the city has cut back on animal rescue officers and left the job to the non-profit organization, Stray Rescue.
Other city dogs are now turning up in shelters in the county such as the APA in Brentwood.
City officials say the stray problem has largely gone away, with complaint calls down and stray captures up. They say the issue is not so much a stray dog problem as it is a problem with responsible pet ownership.
Either way, dogs are loose and residents in the city are worried.