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Manor residents concerned with amount of stray dogs roaming streets

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People living in Manor say they feel unsafe with the amount of stray or loose dogs roaming the streets.

Rebecca Mien told CBS Austin she sees a stray near her Manor home at least once a week.

“There’s often dogs running around our neighborhood freely and very rarely do they have collars on,” says Mien.

Rebecca’s neighbor, Marilyn Mcarthur, says she’s noticed the same thing.

“It’s been a while but I’ve come across packs of dogs which definitely were strays while out walking and that was kind of scary,” says Mcarthur.

The sole Manor Animal Control Officer, Ashley Gaskamp, says the problem could stem from confusion about who to call when encountering strays.

Gaskamp patrols Manor city limits, but the Austin Travis County Animal Protection Team is in charge of outlying areas in the county.

Gaskamp encourages people to call Manor Animal Control or the Travis County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line, and 311 as a last resort.

“From what I’ve been told by citizens if they’ve called 311 there’s a response time of up to 72 hours... I don’t know how quickly needs are being met,” says Gaskamp

Rebecca Mien and her neighbors say they’re hoping for a change before anyone gets hurt.

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