Tri-county Problem Risks The Lives of Hundreds of Dogs A Year 3/25/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
March 25, 2013
MARFA, TX – A growing problem in three West Texas counties is putting the lives of hundreds of animals at risk each year.
Dogs thrown on the side of the road and left to wander the streets is stretching many animal control services thin and having many residents looking for other solutions.
On the streets of Presidio County nearly one mile outside of the city of Marfa, John Kulsak says he was saving animals' lives.
"At the bridge it's the city ... out here officially, it's the county. It’s as the sheriff sees fit," said John Kulsak.
More than twenty dogs were found in his trailer, trapped inside and living in their own feces.
"They were dumping them off by the golf course a few months back," said Kulsak.
He says he was picking up the animals to care for them and he contacted animal control to get help. Ironicly the same man who owns his lot is George Gonzales, the head of Marfa Animal Control.
Kulsak says that Gonzales couldn't help him , because he is only responsible for animals within the city limits.
Kulsak says he was picking up the dogs left in the county who still needed help. But when his wife got sick the problem got out of control.
“I’ll never forget holding her hand and she was in and out of pain and consciousness. For a few minutes, it's like the pain was gone," said Kulsak.
Days after his wife passed away, Kulsak was arrested for animal cruelty. It’s a problem that transcends to the tri-county area.
"Well there's Presidio, Brewster and Jeff Davis … not everyone has animal control officers and they are very over worked," said Tina Rose, with Grand Companions.
Grand Companions, one of two shelters in the area, allows rescued animals get a second chance at life. The no kill shelter took in “The Marfa 24”, the dogs found in Kulsak’s trailer.
Now they’re learning the basic techniques of becoming a pet. But they say the problem of "dog dumping", takes the entire community to clean up.
"It’s a predicament. I think it takes more awareness and more support for the animal control officers in the county and in the city. Basically you have to decide where your tax dollars go,” said Rose.
Marfa Animal Control Officer George Gonzales has not responded to any of our calls.
John Kulsak’s court date is still pending.