EAST ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) -- The Executive Director of Gateway Pet Guardians, Jamie Case is on mission to feed as many stray dogs as she can find in Alorton, Centreville, and East St. Louis. She climbed into her SUV Monday morning heading to East. St. Louis. One of the founders of the emergency shelter got her involved in the project four years ago.
"It was something that's near and dear to my heart because of the dogs we see running around on the streets," said Case.
Someone from the St. Louis shelter drives to the Metro East every day to feed the stray animals. All kinds of dogs roam the streets of the cities, some are wild and are rescued by Gateway.
"I think it's a great idea that they're doing this. it would help protect our children from diseases and it would keep our children from being harmed. it's a great idea," said resident Dorothy Radford.
There are more pit bull terrier types of breed running free than any other animal. Gateway is offering to have those kinds of dogs fixed free of charge to help control the population.
East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks welcomes the idea. "We know that one of their main messages is to spay and neuter. That's the best solution. That way it cuts down on the wild packs and you have people having control of animals out here. That makes a lot of difference," said Parks.
Knowing she's doing something to help animals and people, too, is rewarding for case."It's a really good feeling," said Case as she climbed back into her jeep and continued to look for stray dogs.