Wild animal disturbs East Point residents

Wild animal disturbs East Point residents

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EAST POINT, Ga. -

Neighbors are concerned about a wild animal in East Point. Residents think the animal is a coyote, but a local trapper told FOX 5 that he believes it's a dog.

Latrice Parrish called police to her house on Charles Drive Road on Monday after she saw the animal in her driveway as her son headed out the door to catch the school bus.

"The officer came and looked at everything and said he heard it and if it happens again, if I see it, call them back . And he escorted me and my son to the car just in case it came back out," Parrish said.

Neighbor Ian Manning has also spotted the animal near his home. He said he doesn't feel threatened, but does believe that it could hurt a child.

Parrish's mother, Rosetta, is convinced the animal is dangerous after a frightening encounter last week.

"I was coming out of the house, going to the car and I happen to look up and it charged -- came straight at me, you know…so I ran back into the house," Rosetta Parrish said.
 
After placing several phone calls to various local and state agencies, a Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesman referred Parrish to a private trapper, but she said that she feels the city should pay for the costs of trapping the animal.

Animal control officials said late Monday afternoon that they would attempt to set a trap for the animal.

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