Officers round up stray dogs in southeast Wichita

WICHITA — City officials say two southeast Wichita neighborhoods should be safer for trick-or-treaters this Halloween after a roundup of stray dogs.

Police officers and workers from the animal services department patrolled Planeview and Hilltop Wednesday and captured 13 dogs that were running loose. Seven were returned to their owners and six were taken to the city's animal shelter at the Murfin Animal Care Campus.

The goal was to reduce the number of dangerous dogs running at large and provide a safer Halloween night for children in these two neighborhoods, Don Henry, environmental services manager, said in a prepared statement.

The owners of the seven dogs were given a municipal court citation for allowing their dogs to run at large. The dogs were a variety of breeds, including one pit bull, which was returned to its owner.

Eight other citations were issued to dog owners in the neighborhood for licensing or tethering violations.

City Council District 3, which includes Hilltop and Planeview, recorded 81 dog attacks last year — the most in the city.