Some on Dallas council question using police to fix city animal services

Dallas City Council members are questioning if it is a good use of limited police resources to have two of DPD's top brass in charge of dog catching instead of solving the city's worst crimes.

Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin and Major Barbara Hobbs were put in charge of solving the city's loose dog crisis after the Dallas city manager requested help from then-DPD Chief David Brown.

“I think we have an expertise the city can use, if it's a temporary basis I think it should be used. I'm proud to serve in this capacity at this time,” Sherwin said.

Sherwin previously oversaw DPD's Crimes Against Persons unit. The city's homicide arrest rate is at 40 percent.

“I think you should be back in CAPERS solving murders, this is a very important issue, but not more important than bringing justice to families who have been killed. I can't endorse this move. We have one guy in the city of Dallas who is Mr. Fix It? We're just going to rob Peter to pay Paul? Play whack a mole with each new issue?” said councilman Philip Kingston.

Sherwin briefed council members Monday on what he's doing to get a handle on the estimated 9,000 dogs running loose in southern Dallas. They plan to hire four 311 call takers who will be specially trained in handling dog related calls for help.

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