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Updated January 5th, 2024 at 16:53 IST

Dogs taken in custody for causing over $350,000 damage at Houston car dealership

Two stray dogs, responsible for causing over $350,000 in damages to cars at a Houston dealership, have been apprehended, and one of them is up for adoption.

Manasvi Asthana
Stray dog who joined pooch pal in causing $350K in damage at a car dealership now up for adoption
Stray dog who joined pooch pal in causing $350K in damage at a car dealership now up for adoption | Image:AP
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Two stray dogs, responsible for causing over $350,000 in damages to cars at a Houston dealership, have been apprehended, and one of them is available for adoption, according to officials. Surveillance videos captured the mischievous canines in action last year at the G Motors lot in Harris County, Texas. The footage revealed them running around, jumping on cars, scratching paint, and even tearing off car bumpers with their jaws.

Imran Haq, the dealership's finance manager and Gaby Fakhoury, the sales manager, contacted BARC, Houston's animal control agency, for assistance. Using BARC's cages and cat food, they successfully trapped a brown pit bull, later named Dasher, in early December. The second dog, a black one without a name, was captured just before the new year.

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The duo of dogs targeted the lot at least four times between November and December, damaging at least five cars. Initially, the dealership suspected a wolf, but they were surprised to find two stray dogs wreaking havoc.

Employees believe the dogs may have entered the lot through a hole in the fence, possibly while chasing a cat. The destructive spree caused fear among customers and workers, but with the dogs now in custody, there is a sense of relief.

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Despite the significant damage caused by the dogs, there's good news for dog lovers. Dasher, who displayed no aggression towards people, has been cleared by medical staff and is now available for adoption. The other unnamed dog is safe but still undergoing evaluation.

                

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As the new year begins, the dealership aims to move forward without the fear of dogs in 2024. Haq assures customers that everything is taken care of, expressing empathy for the dogs. Fakhoury emphasizes that the dogs are in good hands and can either be adopted or dealt with according to the city of Houston's decisions.

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Published January 5th, 2024 at 16:21 IST

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