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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There have been complaints about stray dogs roaming central Oak Cliff for years, and this week Dallas Animal Services is stepping up patrols.

The neighborhood around Lancaster Road and Kiest Boulevard is one of five areas city leaders say they will be focusing on.

Kris Sweckard, the director of code compliance for the city, said the goal is to do more to combat the problem, with the resources available. “So what we’re planning to do over the next five months is for one month, for each of those five districts, to target the resources that we do have into some heightened enforcement against loose dogs in those areas.”

The move to come to the aid of residents who have long said they’re overrun by stray dogs comes under pressure from Dallas City Council members representing southern sectors of the city. Animal control officers will be rounding up animals, looking for pet owners and issuing citations.

“We would have no fewer than two trucks patrolling the area at least twice per week,” Sweckard explained further. “We also want to conduct surveys to get perceptions from the residents in each of those areas.”

During the last fiscal year there were more than 26,000 stray animals picked up or brought in to Dallas Animal Services, and roughly half of the 26,000 were adopted. Almost 13,000 were euthanized in order to make room in the shelter.

City leaders say the increased patrols will be followed up by a southern Dallas stray dog initiative in the spring.

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