Town of Hempstead Animal Control has set traps for a pack of wild dogs spotted around the Five Towns.
The three or four dogs, which resemble foxes, have ripped up garbages bags and attacked pets, squirrels, rabbits and foxes, according to Guy Bove, animal control supervisor. No humans have reported being attacked.
Bove said that animal control officers have tracked the dogs from the Atlantic Beach Bridge to East Rockaway. They believe the dogs are living on a marshland across a canal at Dolphin Road in Hewlett Neck.
“They’re cautious and conscious of cages,” Bove told a crowd Wednesday at a security meeting hosted by the villages of Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Neck, Hewlett Harbor and Woodsburgh. But, he added, “Every animal has a pattern,” and that the traps will work.
A puppy from the pack has already been caught, and Bove said it could be “rehabilitated.” He said he can’t promise anything when it comes to the adult dogs.Anyone who spots the dogs is asked to call their respective village halls. Animal control can be reached at 516-785-5220 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.