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St. Pete has too many loose dogs on the street, council says

St. Pete has too many loose dogs on the street, council says

ST. PETERSBURG — Alarmed at reports of aggressive dogs running wild in some city neighborhoods, city leaders are calling on Pinellas County to hire more animal control officers.

The move could hardly be more timely.

This week, two aggressive pit bulls believed to have been trained for dog fighting were euthanized and their owner, a South St. Petersburg resident, arrested on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Less than four miles away in another Southside neighborhood, two stray pit bulls were attacked by Africanized killer bees. One of the dogs died.

The deaths highlight what city leaders say is a growing number of aggressive dogs loose in the city. On Thursday, they passed a resolution expressing their concern at the level of service the city is receiving from the county.

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