PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – A dog blamed for biting almost a dozen people is finally in quarantine, after months eluding Plano Animal Services officers.
Curled in her cage with her head on the ground, she showed none of the aggression she’s gained a reputation for.
“She’s scared at this point,” said Animal Services director Jamey Cantrell.
Dubbed Bonnie and Clyde, she and her companion have run loose throughout Plano since May of 2016.
“These two dogs they roamed over a huge area – 20 square miles that they’ve been seen in,” said Cantrell.
It was always Bonnie, though, accused of biting.
“For the last six months, every time we got a call, I dropped everything I’m doing and would go out and look for her,” said Cantrell.
Animal Services officers say the dogs learned to recognize the sound of their vehicles, so they began responding in their personal cars.
Finally, Cantrell says the department purchased a $5,000 net gun, the kind more commonly used to catch wildlife in African game preserves.
“We purchased that about 6 weeks ago, and today is the first day we had a chance to get a good shot with it,” he said.
The net gun worked.
After getting a call from a homeowner who spotted the dogs sleeping between two houses, animal control officers herded the pair down a passage way where Cantrell stood waiting.
He aimed, fired, and ensnared Bonnie. Clyde, however, escaped.
Lea Ann Day was happy to hear the news.
Attacked while she was jogging three weeks ago, she’s still bandaging the wounds on her leg where Bonnie sunk her teeth.
“It still swells when I’m on it all day,” she said.
Now Day says she no longer has to be afraid.
“I was running with a stick – a big stick – up until today,” she said.
Cantrell says euthanizing Bonnie will be a last resort, but he says it’s unlikely the department will ever release her to a home.
“She’s one who’ll need a specialized set of circumstances because what you wouldn’t want is for her to get out and be running loose in a city again,” he said.
He won’t label her as vicious, but rather a product of her breeding.
He says, as a cattle dog, she’s been bred to nip cows in the ankle to get them to move.
Most of the bite victims, he says, were running when they were bitten.
He believes she and Clyde were likely raised together and dumped in Plano by a previous owner.
While trying to catch the two, animal officers discovered while one slept, the other would serve as a lookout.
Clyde is still on the loose as of Thursday night.
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