SAN ANTONIO -- A woman who did not want to be identified says she saw two men trapping pigeons near a public bus stop at the intersection of Fredericksburg Road and North Flores.
She recorded the act with her cell phone, calling it horrifying.
The video was recorded just after 2:00 p.m. Thursday. "I saw them loading them, the pigeons in the net," she said.
The unidentified woman told News 4 WOAI the men told her they were city employees.
"They were picking up these pigeons for inspection to take them to Amarillo".
The woman called police and when the officer arrived, the woman says he told her "what they actually do is they take these pigeons to a ranch, and they break their wings, and train hunting dogs with them".
A spokesperson for the San Antonio Police Department could not confirm those allegations, only saying an officer did respond to the scene.
The city Metro Health Department says city workers do not trap birds, and anyone claiming to be with the city and doing so is providing false information.
According to Animal Care Services pigeons are not protected animals, and it's not against the law to trap them.
The agency does say it is against the law to be cruel to the birds, and if there is evidence of cruelty an investigation will be opened.
Anyone can report animal cruelty by calling 311.