Pet Thefts Outside the Odessa Pound Night Drop

By Camaron Abundes   
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- No animal lover wants to see an unwanted pet abandoned but Animal Control officials say removing a dog from the overnight kennel drop off is a crime and it isn't helping the dog or cat.

"It bothers you. I would be lying if I told you it didn't, but I would rather see them here where they have a chance instead of on the street where they could bite a child or get run over," Joe Barreraz, said.

Barreraz says people steal the pets, or let them lose on the streets or out in the county to prevent the pound from euthanizing the animals. Instead of setting the dogs free Barreraz says they're preventing animal control from finding the animals that can be adopted homes.

"I'd rather see them in here where we can assess them and try to find a good home if possible," Barreraz said, "If someone is that passionate about not having their dogs put down or any dogs put down, spay and neuter your pets. I can't stress this enough."

Barreraz says just on Wednesday animal control issued tickets to a few young people who thought it might be funny to take a dog from the night drop.

"We have surveillance cameras that are picking up peoples faces, as they drive up," said Barreraz.

Removal of a dog from the pound is a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 dollar fine. Six months ago, Animal Control officials had security cameras installed to help cut down the problem.