US Town Makes Shooting Dogs Legal
Animal rights groups are furious after a Texas town gave its authories the right to bear arms against wild dogs.
The controversial policy is the latest attempt to curb a growing population of feral dogs that are roaming the streets.
Since last week, authorities have been allowed to use shotguns to kill the 50 to 100 aggressive dogs running loose in the rural northern town of Ferris.
City manager David Chavez said the town had become a dumping ground for the unwanted pets.
The released animals breed, form packs and scavenge for food.
Police chief Frank Mooney says the town has tried other methods to protect its 2,300 residents with little success.
But animal rights advocates say the problem could be solved in better ways.
They argue the animals could be trapped, or punishment meted out on those who dump the dogs.
Ferris is about 20 miles south of Dallas in the Lone Star state.
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