(WMC) - A pack of wild dogs are terrorizing pets and people in one East Memphis neighborhood, according to neighbors.
It's happening in and around the area of Quince Road and West Crestwood Drive.
One neighbor says her 10-year-old cat, Mistletoe, was attacked and killed just last week.
"Most of our pets are very sweet animals, and those dogs didn't even look nice or happy," said Marcia Taylor, who saw the neighbor's cat get attacked last week.
"Oh it was the sweetest little cat, but they didn't get a chance to tear it apart or anything like that," she said. "They just killed it."
Neighbors say several cats and small dogs have been attacked by the same pack of dogs.
Queen Shelby Isabella is 12, and is beloved by owner B. J. Keeney, of East Memphis, who's been worried about her neighborhood since March.
"She's a springer, so therefore they hunt pheasants," Keeney said. "She's a bird dog. It looks like they're becoming more aggressive and more bold."
Neighbors say it's a pack of three wild dogs that are roaming and vicious.
"They're savvy," Keeney said. "The dogs are savvy. They are a menace. We're concerned about this. We really are."
Some who live, walk, and exercise in the area say they don't leave the house anymore without some sort of protection just in case they run into the dogs.
A neighbor gave Keeney a stick to keep with her when she goes on walks in the neighborhood, just in case she comes across the pack of dogs.
"It's called a speed stick," she said. "It's a tool some golfers use to practice with. I don't walk without my stick now."
The metal rod gives her peace of mind in her hand, and she wonders if she'll ever be able to put it down.
One neighbor says she called animal services for months. Another neighbor says two of the three dogs were finally captured after the latest cat killing, but no one in the neighborhood believes it is over.
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