La Villa, Texas, population 1,400, has a problem. The small town on the Texas/Mexico border is being overrun by stray dogs. On any given day, city officials estimate there are at least 200 stray dogs roaming the town’s streets. The dogs roam in packs and, on at least one occasion, one bit a man in a wheelchair. The roaming dogs have also menaced young children.
Town leaders did what municipal leaders do. They passed an ordinance banning stray dogs. There’s just one problem: La Villa doesn’t have an animal control department or officer. La Villa officials are now considering how they will enforce the new stray dog ordinance.