THOMASVILLE — A trapped boxer-type dog is not believed to be involved in recent cat deaths, but three pit bulls are believed to be roaming the problem area at night, a Thomasville Police Department officer said.
The boxer-type dog is being held at the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society animal shelter.
The dog was trapped during the weekend in one of two traps set by the Humane Society animal control division.
Mauled dead cats have been found in the Springdale Circle and Crawford Street areas off East Clay Street.
A camera recorded three pit bulls in the residential area.
"It appears one has on a collar," said Thomasville Police Department Maj. Shane Harris, who is over TPD patrol operations.
Harris said it is believed the owner — or owners — of the canines allow the dogs to roam at night.
A woman who lives in the Warren Avenue/Hansell Street area told police that on May 1, a dog — or dogs — tore through the screen on her back porch and killed four cats. On Sept. 3, a cat in the same area was killed, Harris said.
Police are patrolling night and day looking for the dogs. If the canines are seen, police will keep them in sight until animal control arrives.
Most of the incidents are taking place at night, the officer said.
Anyone seeing the dogs should call 911 immediately.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820