(07/03/14) - The Saginaw County Sheriff's Department is working to help catch a pack of wild dogs terrorizing communities, but they need more help from the community.
Patrols have been looking for the dogs all week. Wednesday, the Sheriff, animal control, U.S. Fish and Wildlife workers and volunteers joined together. Some searched on horseback, on ATV's and in an airplane, but the animals are still on the loose and they might be growing in number.
The traps are set and patrols are watching, but so far, "There is no dogs in any of the traps," said Sheriff William Federspiel.
The pack of about a dozen dogs was last seen in the southwest part of the county near Stanley and Salt streets.
"A pack can travel long distances in a short amount of time," Federspiel said.
They're also smart, and good hiders. Authorities aren't sure where they might be now.
It's also unclear the breed of dog they're looking for.
"I've had people tell me that it maybe a couple of pitbulls with some other mixed breeds, but we have no confirmation," said Federspiel.
It is confirmed the dogs are dangerous. A 72-pound Labrador Retriever fell victim to them. The pet's owner watched helplessly.
"Four or five dogs actually killed his dog, and ate it right in front of him. A 72-pound dog could represent a child that's playing in the yard. School is out," Federspiel said.
The wild dogs pack is likely getting bigger.
"They seem to pick up a few loose dogs here and there, there are a lot of loose dogs in Saginaw," Federspiel said.
The community is asked to stay vigilant.
"Because they present a public safety concern to Saginaw County, the city of Saginaw, and the Township," said County Controller, Robert Belleman.
"We won't stop until we catch them or know that they are gone," Federspiel said.
If you see the dogs, stay away and contact 911. Your call could help patrols find the animals. The Sheriff is hoping to use a State Police helicopter, with an infrared detection device, to locate the dogs faster.