Posted: Aug 04 2016 03:04PM CDT
Updated: Aug 05 2016 10:01AM CDT
DALLAS - A private consulting firm hired to study and provide recommendations for Dallas’s loose dog problem estimates there are 8,700 loose dogs in South Dallas.
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) presented preliminary findings from an 11-week study at the city’s Animal Shelter Commission meeting Thursday.
The study comes after veteran Antoinette Brown was mauled by a pack of loose dogs in South Dallas May 2. BCG will complete its study in roughly two weeks and will present final findings and recommendations at a future City Council meeting.
As part of its data-gathering efforts, BCG consultants drove 230 miles of south Dallas streets, spotting and recording loose dogs. The firm then used an academic methodology to estimate the total number of loose dogs in the area.
The study has also found the number of dog bites in Dallas are up 15% annually from 2013-2015, according to bite reports to Dallas Animal Services (DAS).
BCG also found DAS citations are growing seven percent monthly since mid-2014. However, in the last 24 months, 64 percent of citations went unpaid.