JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A second dog believed to be part of a roaming, feral pack killing cats and worrying residents on James Island was captured on Thursday morning, authorities say.
Major Jim Brady said Charleston County Sheriff's Animal Control trapped a male dog in the ditch line along Ben Road, off Fort Johnson Road near Camp Road, around 10 a.m.
A number of cats have been recently killed or injured in the Lynwood neighborhood off Secessionville Road and Bayview Farms subdivision, and residents believe it to be the work of an unspecified amount of wild dogs.
Brady said officers will continue to set traps in areas where the dogs are reported to be roaming, and coordination with Charleston Police Department Animal Control is also being done to ensure traps are set and monitored on the weekend as well.
Because of the feral nature of the dogs, who usually avoid human contact, trapping is the most efficient means to try and capture the dogs, Brady said.
On Aug. 8, officers successfully trapped the first feral dog, which was later euthanized after unsuccessful attempts at rehabilitation.
Residents spotting roaming dogs or having any contact or incidents with any dogs are urged to contact the Charleston County Sherriff's Office at 843-202-1700 immediately and are advised to not to try and corral or capture the dogs themselves.
Additionally residents are reminded to keep all trash cans covered to reduce scavenging by the dogs.
Local veterinary clinics say they've seen many recent cases of injured cats, and they shared these safety tips:
- Bring outdoor cats inside
- Keep dogs confined
- Bring your pet to the vet if injured
- Do not approach stray dogs
- Contact animal control if you see strays