A pack mentality could be to blame for the strays' unruly behavior while roaming elementary grounds and apartment complexes in the community since mid-January, officials suggested.The dogs first began appearing near PS 165, barking and frightening teachers and students, according to Councilman Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), who sent out a release headlined, "Dangerous Dogs Terrorize Queens..." prior to their capture. They were also spotted around the neighborhood's Electchester Cooperatives and the Pomonok Houses, Gennaro said. Though the councilman reported that two school staffers and one child were attacked, none were seriously injured.ACC officials have since claimed the councilman may have exaggerated his initial description of the dogs."It's unfortunate that there seems to have been a disagreement between our agency and Councilman Gennaro," Boks said. "Anytime a dog runs around at large it's dangerous to the community, and getting it off the streets is the prudent thing to do. But it's still undetermined whether these dogs are actually vicious."Regardless of how lovable the mutts turn out to be, they stand a good chance of being put down if no one adopts then within a few days.-- Zach Patberg
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