Drones being used to track Houston's stray dogs

Using drones to search for stray dogs.

HOUSTON - That buzz heard hovering over the Sunnyside neighborhood in south Houston are drones on a mission.

"It's another amazing tool," said Tom McPhee, executive director of World Animal Awareness Society.

It's a tool to track stray dogs. WA2S is shooting a new TV show, "Operation Houston: Stray Dog City". It's an up close look at Houston's serious stray dog problem and the men and women who try to save the dogs before it's too late.

"If we hadn't found her, she would have died," said Erika Emal, the founder of Southside Street Dogs.

Moma is a pit bull found by Emal's group. She was found in an abandoned house. She hadn't moved for days and was rotting to death.

"It's touch and go," said Emal.

She was rushed to a local emergency vet clinic. It's just one of several stories McPhee wants to highlight in Houston.

"There's obviously issues and problems here," said McPhee.

But to solve those issues you need to first know how big the problem is. It's why McPhee plans to launch his drones across Houston.

"The drone allows us to draw a big circle in the air as we're filming in 4K, it's beautiful footage," said McPhee.

He'll use GPS technology and volunteers on the ground. Together they plan to find and count just how many strays are in the Houston area. Estimates say it could be more than a million.

"It's a first step to try and tackle a humongous problem," said Emal.

The show will likely premiere in May. But if you'd like to help with the survey to count strays, you have until Thursday, March 26th to register. More information can be found at http://www.WA2S.org/operation-houston


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