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The Dallas City Council has decided to bolster an ordinance to counter the problem of attacks by loose dogs.

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It’s been six months since Ed Jamison came to Dallas as the head of the city’s Animal Services Department.  That milestone came days after a woman was mauled by four loose dogs in South Dallas. She survived, but the attack again highlighted the longstanding problem of loose dogs in that area.

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It's not just Wednesday — it's Change a Pet's Life Day.

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Stray dogs have plagued southern Dallas for decades. The issue gained national attention in May after Antoinette Brown was mauled to death by a pack of dogs. The attack followed years of complaints from residents, and a consultant group recently estimated 8,700 loose dogs roam the streets in the southern part of the city. 

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When it comes to big issues, Dallas City Council members tend to be divided. Tuesday was different.

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Most big cities have a problem with stray dogs. In Dallas, it’s more like a crisis.

In early May, dogs mauled a homeless woman, biting her more than 100 times. A week later, she died. Now, neighbors are furious and city officials are scrambling to come up with an answer.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Schedule a puppy playdate in Dallas; former Gov. Perry’s legal battle continues; a Facebook post lands a North Texas man in jail; and more.


A.C. Gonzalez is six months into his job as Dallas' city manager, and Tuesday, he’ll present his first official budget to the city council. It includes a $5 million cut in police funding -- meaning 35 fewer officers -- and more money for libraries and animal services. Gonzalez sat down with KERA a day before his big reveal.

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Animal shelters across North Texas are overwhelmed with an influx of cats and dogs. It’s a chronic summertime problem. But it could be even worse if it weren’t for scores of volunteers like Marina Tarashevska who roam the streets, looking to help stray animals.

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Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center says its shelter is full and officials are encouraging North Texans to adopt.