Beverly Legg believes a stray dog, or someone’s pet that should have been on a leash, killed her cat earlier this month.
Unfortunately, these things will happen. But the incident also has Legg concerned for the safety of children in her neighborhood.
"I’m on a quest to get more done to get dogs off the street before they harm somebody,’’ she said.
The Chandler resident called Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, asking if an officer could patrol her area for roaming dogs.
"We get about 40,000 calls a month about stray dogs,’’ said Julie Bank, an animal control spokeswoman. "Our folks are busy.’’
Those who have been bitten by someone’s dog, or feel the animal is too aggressive, can file a vicious dog petition with their city or justice court. If necessary, both the dog’s owner and the petition’s filer attend a hearing to determine further action.
But, if a stray dog poses a threat, call animal control right away, Bank said.
People also can confine a dog for animal control officers to pick up, although that is not recommended if there’s a safety risk.
But nothing beats responsible pet ownership, and that doesn’t apply just to dog owners. Cats are better off indoors away from danger, including cars or diseases.
Jennifer Taggart, a veterinarian technician at Alma School Animal Hospital in Mesa, put it best: "Animals will be animals outside.’’
To learn more, call Maricopa County Animal Care and Control at (602) 506-7387.
Jaydie King, 7, continues to reel in support in her fight against cancer. The Phoenix girl is undergoing treatment for an inoperable brain stem tumor.
Diagnosed in April, Jaydie wanted to raise money for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital cancer center and the American Cancer Society. Through bracelet sales and donations, her idea has netted nearly $40,000. On Oct. 2, she will lead Team Jaydie in the National Brain Tumor Foundation’s "Angel Adventure" walk in Phoenix.
Girly Girlz Tea and Trinkets in Scottsdale will wrap up its weeklong fundraising campaign on Jaydie’s behalf with a pep rally Sunday at 15425 N. Scottsdale Road.
To learn more, call (480) 998-4832 or visit