News Release


DATE: February 2, 2001

CONTACT STEVE SCHMIDT AT 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108



EL CAJON - Residents in the East County community of Jamul, frustrated by roaming dogs who've attacked and killed pets and livestock, can rest easier under a plan devised by County Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

Using the combined efforts of the County's Department of Animal Control, the San Diego County Sheriff*s Department and the U.S. Border Patrol, the plan calls for a coordinated strike team to step up patrol of the Jamul area.

The plan also calls for a 24-hour hotline to help law enforcement respond to reports of animal sightings.

"Residents who spot roaming animals can call the hotline and immediately, Animal Patrol, the U.S. Border Patrol or the Sheriff*s Department will respond to detain a loose animal," said Supervisor Jacob.

"It is illegal to allow pets to destroy private property and we now have all our agencies on board to prevent additional attacks," Supervisor Jacob added.

Residents say the attacks happen in the early morning hours when Animal Control staff is limited. It is necessary for Animal Control to detain and identify a roaming animal before it can be taken into custody.

In the last six months, 100 pets and livestock have been attacked in the Jamul area. Thirty have been killed.