For months now we’ve been told Dallas’ loose dog crisis is at epidemic proportions; worse than ever in the City’s history. A crisis. Shocking. A tragedy. Dallas has been compared to a Third World Country. An outrage. Abuse. OMG.
So if I said that less than 3% of the dogs living in Dallas were loose, what would you think of that? That can’t be right, can it? The BCG Preliminary Report indicated 8,700 dogs loose in Dallas! Yes, it did, and that’s probably a really good estimate. But epidemic? No.
The Texas Government Demographic Center estimates Dallas 2015 population to be 1,295,117. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association Pet Ownership Calculator then, there are nearly three-hundred thousand owned dogs in Dallas. 8,700 represents just 2.9% of that number.
Crisis? Epidemic? Tragedy? 2.9% is neither, unless you are a politician in need of a crisis to solve, or a newspaper desperately fighting to survive. That’s just my opinion of course.