January 14, 2013
K9 units used to capture stray dogs at Rancho Viejo killed
The two K9 units from Brownsville PD have been euthanize this past weekend due to multiple bites and wounds sustained when they were trying to lure in and capture a pack of six dogs that have been terrorizing rancho viejo residents for the past months.
Dog handler Robert Almanza confirmed the passing of the two German Sheppard that had served the Brownsville PD for the past five years. "We underestimated the ferocity and viciousness of these six dogs, Rudy and Pino had to be put down this weekend because of the extent of the injuries and that they were showing signs of rabies. When asked why two valuable team members of the Brownsville PD were considered to lure in the pack of wild dogs in the first place when cages and food would have been efficient, Mr. Almanza stated that the pressure that Rancho Viejo residents placed in the commission and the influence they have on the City Mayor were decisive in using such exceptional animals for this mediocre and dangerous task.
Only two strays were captured and not by the squad team, a neighbor placed some food in her property and calmly rounded up the two dogs. The city of Brownsville Commission denies any involvement and states that the Rancho Viejo Police Department and the sheriff department are the ones responsible in dealing with the problem and deciding into using the K9 units for this special project.
Rudy and Pino were cremated and their ashes scattered outside the police department early this morning. No word yet if Animal Control is going to try and capture the rest of the strays.