Dog attack in Coleman sparks conversation about city animal control | KTAB
COLEMAN Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A 58-year-old Coleman woman is hospitalized after being seriously injured in a dog attack Monday morning by two Rottweiler mixes near the intersection of Colbert and Vale streets. Acting Police Chief Chris Bratton said his department is working to determine exactly how the dogs got out and what prompted them to attack.
“As far as we know, she is in stable condition. I have an officer trying to talk to him. She speaks today, an officer speaks to her today to find out exactly what happened,” Bratton says.
She was saved by two men passing by who managed to take the dogs away from her.
The dogs are currently in city custody, and Bratton says they will be detained for 10 days, and if deemed “vicious,” their owners may reclaim them.
“But they will be required to post a bond, carry some insurance, and have some type of secure area to keep the dogs or put them up for adoption,” Bratton says.
A longtime resident says the city isn’t doing enough to prevent incidents like this.
“Everyone I know and talk to is really frustrated that nothing is ever done, that dogs are running loose in the streets. Everyone knows it’s only a matter of time before someone one really gets hurt,” the resident said.
He says he and his family have been charged, scolded and even considered moving out of fear of being attacked. And although they called the city for help, he says nothing useful was done.
“Over 80% of the time you’ll never see a patroller go by, and very rarely will you see the dog catcher coming or doing anything, or if that person shows up, when they leave, the dog is still there. . So nothing is ever done,” says the resident.
“They have to start fining people or shooting dogs, one or the other. They must be held accountable,” he added.
Acting Chief Bratton offered to push back on that idea, saying the city catches 400 to 500 dogs a year.
“The community has to take some responsibility to make sure their friends, their neighbors know, ‘Keep your dog locked up,'” Bratton says.
Although both men agree that what happened is unfortunate.
“Just tell her that we are praying for her and her family, and for the men who saved her. I’m so sorry they had to see that,” the resident said.