I just spent the last 45 minutes consoling a friend of mine on the phone. She's been having trouble with some kind of black lab mix in her neighborhood. She's seen this dog multiple times and it already chewed up her coop and killed three of her layers. She repaired the coop and it couldn't get to the rest of her flock. But she figured it'd be a matter of time. She was never able to catch it because it just ran away every time she tried. Animal Control was called, but nothing could be done unless somebody caught it. Other neighbors were also familiar with this nuisance mutt but still no info on who it belonged to, or if it was a dumped stray. Last week or so she caught it trying to catch one her newborn kids (she shows goats). She finally grabbed her rifle and SSS'd it. It had a collar, but just a county tag. No owner information. She buried it in the far back lot. She says a mother and her son (8 year old?) came around tonight with a flyer with it's picture on it asking if she had seen their dog. She says they are neighbors from down the road a-ways, and she's never met them before now. She took the flyer and said she'd keep an eye out, but called me and bawled her eyes out. She wants to call them up and confess everything because she hated lying to that poor child. But she's afraid of a legal consequences. I told her to keep quiet. The dog is dead and it's not coming back. There is no news here that could comfort that boy who's wondering what happened to his dog. I had to reassure her over and over that she did the responsible and right thing protecting her animals. She tried her best to keep her animals safe otherwise. I'm just rather distraught and furious right now because I really feel for her and the dog. How DARE these people give a darn NOW about that poor dog?! Where were they when he was running wild in the neighborhood killing livestock? Where were they to put their contact information on his collar? Where were they when the dog needed obedience classes and a good fence to keep him safe? That poor dog didn't need to die. There didn't need to be a very sad little boy out there wondering where his pet is. My friend doesn't need her heart broken. I'm so furious at that boy's parents for not doing anything before it had to come to this. Sorry, I'm just blathering, but I needed to vent. I'm a firm believer in SSS'ing if that's what it takes but it I HATE it with every fiber of my being.