Emergency response vehicles from the police department and department of parks line Beach 69 Street from Rockaway Beach Boulevard to the boardwalk as police from the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit (ESU) look for a pack of six wild dogs that threatened a bike rider earlier in the day. The area has been the scene of several dog attacks in previous years, including one in which a local man was badly mauled.
The heavily-wooded lot, fenced in because it will soon become part of the Arverne By The Sea construction, has become the home of a pack of wild dogs. Many dogs who lived in other parts of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area have been forced into a smaller territory due to the construction of new homes.
A Parks Department employee opens gate to fenced-off property to allow ESU police officers to enter.
Tools of the trade. A rifle and pistol used to shoot tranquilizer darts stand by the fence, joined by nooses used to collar wild animals.