SAGINAW (WJRT) -
(07/07/14) - A dog has been killed, believed to be part of a pack of wild dogs that has been terrorizing Saginaw neighborhoods.
Meanwhile, the search continues for the rest of that pack that could pose a threat to anyone it targets.
It looks like more help is on the way to find the dogs.
"It's a pit bull mix, male, young," said Elaine Thompson, of the Saginaw County Animal Control.
The dog was shot by a United State Fish and Wildlife Conservation officer at the Green Point Environmental Learning Center - part of the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. Saginaw County Animal Control Interim Director Elaine Thompson is confident this is one of a pack of wild dogs that has prompted a land and air search.
It started after several dogs attacked and killed a 72 pound Labrador Retriever.
"I talked to the gentlemen who witnessed the dog attack and he identified the dog on the truck as one of the ones that didn't do the attacking but was out in the woods waiting for them to return," Thompson said.
Four traps were set last week around the southwest part of the city.
"All the food is gone, but nothing is in them, I don't think ours are going to be effective, catching dogs, because they are used to free game," Thompson said.
Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel called an official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for advice on the situation.
"He suggested we bring in a specialist, someone who is a specialist in trapping these types of animals, predatory dogs," he said.
Talks with a dog pack expert are scheduled for Tuesday. Federspiel and Thompson agree the search must continue before the animals attack again.
"We are not going to stop until we are certain that we have the pack under control," Federspiel said.
"Public safety is our number one goal," Thompson said.
Because of the wild dogs, all trails at Green Point and Germania are close.
If you see the dogs, you are asked to stay away from them and call 911.