Plano Animal Control wants to find a pair of stray dogs that may be responsible for as many as seven attacks on humans. The most recent victim was a 12-year-old boy.
The two dogs that bit a child this week are believed to be the same dogs that were going after joggers over the summer. Months later, the pair is still at large to the dismay of their most recent young victim.
Eli Pavey can laugh about it now, but the 12-year-old has had a tough week even before a couple of stray dogs took in interest in him while heading home from the school bus stop.
“I just heard a bark and I just started running,” the 12-year-old recalled. “I fell down because he got my leg. I kicked it away, and I walked home.”
Eli, who has his own English bulldog at home, had to go to the emergency room for nine stitches. His mom, Tiffany, called Plano Animal Services with a description of the dogs. It turns out it's a familiar one.
Since May, animal services have tracked as many as seven reported bites from a Blue Heeler and another black and white dog. This summer, FOX 4 reported on the dogs when they went after two joggers and bit them. Animal services don’t believe any of the bites were provoked.
“One of the dogs is a Blue Heeler, and they are bred to specifically chase after cattle and bite them on the backs of the legs to get them to go the way they want them to go,” Animal Services Director Jamey Cantrell explained.
To complicate matters even further, the dogs are crisscrossing a 15 square-mile area.
“Anytime we set traps out, they disappear from that area and we can't get them captured,” Cantrell said.
And while Eli's recovering, his mom is taking extra precautions.
“I don't want to live in fear,” said Tiffany. “But I'm going to be honest with you: they're not walking to and from school or the bus stop.”
The dogs have also been spotted in East Plano, near Collin Creek Mall. They stay on the move.