After Hurricane Katrina, there was a high number of stray dog packs in the city. There are fewer now, but they are still in local neighborhoods. One woman, who did not want to give her name, is grieving the loss of her pet after an attack.
At 1:30 a.m., Thursday Aug. 2, a woman in her 60's was awakened by terrible sounds
"I saw that they had my cat on the neighbors lawn, right there, next door. One of the big dogs had her in his mouth, so I started screaming and yelling not even thinking, 'Oh dear, they could get me,'" the Lake Terrace resident said.
A wild pack of dogs was attacking Mitzie, her black and white pet, adopted after being starving and homeless from Katrina. The dogs dragged her two blocks away.
"Horrible. I was crying. I was hysterical. I threw her in the car and took her to the vet," she said.
But Mitzie was gone.
A young mother across the street, who also did not want to give her name, says the dogs are big, around 60 pounds, with shades of brown fur. One even had on a collar.
"They have been roaming and I've probably seen them at least 10 times in the last year, just randomly in the neighborhood," she said.
Three men who also live in the Lake Terrace area, have seen the dog pack in the last several months. One said he heard a ruckus outside of his bedroom window about two in the morning. When he came out, his across the street neighbor's cat was found dead on the sidewalk.
Louisiana SPCA animal control officers unsuccessfully searched Lake Terrace for the pack, but say another area is worse.
"We do get calls for packs of stray dogs, particularly out in New Orleans East. They're very prevalent," said Amanda Pumilia, a member of the LA/SPCA Animal Control Supervision.
Officers will come out and try to catch the dogs or will put out humane traps. They warn the public, never break up a fight or try to save your pet by stepping in the middle of a fight.
"That's how a lot of bite cases happen, is people trying to separate animals and with all the commotion, the animals aren't intentionally trying to attack you, but it happens,: said Pumilia.
Meanwhile, the SPCA kennel is full of kind, friendly strays that need homes.
The SPCA will only come pick up deceased animals in abuse or neglect cases.
The dogs featured in the end of the story are available for adoption now. One is a three year old trained black Labrador retriever.