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Top Stories: Report Highlights Stray Dog Problem In South Dallas

Courtney Collins
Marina Tarashevska offers some Spam and a pat to a dog she rescued from a field in southeast Dallas.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A new study estimates there are nearly 9,000 stray dogs in South Dallas. The number of dog bites have also increased 15 percent annually since 2013.

According to The Dallas Morning News, donors commissioned the report from Boston Consulting Group after Antoinette Brown died in South Dallas from a dog attack in early May.

The report highlighted a disparity between North and South Dallas.

For example, researchers couldn’t accurately predict how many dogs wander the streets in northern Dallas because they found so few dogs. Spay and neuter rates also varied drastically between North and South Dallas. About 80 percent of dogs in the north are fixed, while 85 percent of dogs in southern Dallas are intact.  

Boston Consulting Group plans to present its full recommendations to the City Council in a few weeks.

Other stories this morning:

  • Many university administrators have been wrestling with the new campus carry law. In our Friday Conversation, University of North Texas President Neal Smatresk talks about how his campus will handle it.  
  • Part of the Sam Rayburn Tollway will be closed for construction this weekend beginning tonight at 11 p.m. Workers are setting giant steel beams in place for the ongoing 35Express project. All main lanes of tollway between MacArthur Boulevard and northbound I-35E will be closed until Monday at 5 a.m.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM. 

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.