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Animal control sweep on southeast side has some crying foul

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Bambi here might growl at you if you make fun of her sweater, but it's hard to believe she's a danger to anyone.

Same thing could be said for Comet who might bark loud but getting up and off the porch takes a lot of effort.

Still, these two dogs were on the verge of joining about a dozen other dogs picked up Wednesday in this quiet southeast side neighborhood.

"I ran outside like oh my god it's the dog catcher," Robin Galan said.

"The area councilmember received a number of complaints from residents in the area," said Chris Newport with BARC.  "They asked our animal control officers to go out and do what we call a sweep."

But Galan and her boyfriend Carl White, who say they witnessed the sweep, say it was more like shooting fish in a barrel.

"She came down this road and filled her truck with the easy dogs, these dogs were sitting on the front porch," White said.  "The dogs that were complained about are still at large in the neighborhood."

Galan said she questioned the animal control officer after seeing her with a tranquilizer gun.

"What are you doing, what's going on here? she said oh I'm going to tranquilize these dogs I'm taking in," Galan said.

The couple said they told the city animal control officer they would put leashes on their neighbor's dogs but that, they said was not good enough.

"She told us if we came over there and we took the neighbors dogs that we were trespassing and she would call the police and put us in jail for trespassing," said Galan.

"She was interfering with our animal control officer in getting her gear," Newport said.

Bambi and the neighbors' two dogs escaped a trip to BARC but the couple now faces 800 dollars in fines.

"She did not want to see any of the dog tags, that they were legal," White said.

"Why in the world would they want to come and take all these family pets to an overcrowded dog pound, I don't understand that," Galan said.

"It's not ok by law to have your dog just in your front yard," said Newport.

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