In the Brooder
- Oct 8, 2010
Two weeks ago, I found 7 of my nine chickens dead. I knew it was a dog, but thought it was the wild dog pack that I'd already reported to animal control a few weeks before. Two days later, saw this dog in my neighbor's yard heading toward my backyard. Tenant, who was getting ready to walk her dog, followed the strange dog after I scared it away, to know where the dog lived.
Next day she snapped this picture of the same dog in MY backyard with #8 dead chicken in her mouth. You can see she's got pups.
Called animal control, told them "I have a picture of the dog that's killed my chickens, and I know where it lives!"
They came out, verifed that yes, the picture was taken in my backyard. I also informed the deputy that I was going to be sending the homeowners a bill, demanding restitution for my dead birds ($200) They went over to confront the neighbor 4 doors down. About 30 minutes later the deputy came back and asked if I would hold off for a couple days on giving the dog owner a bill. "They have more problems than a dog killing your chickens"
Next morning several sheriff's were at that property. Turns out the woman is an animal hoarder. A total of 17 feral cats were taken from the house (that's all they could catch at the time), plus several dogs and puppies taken from the backyard. All were starving. The chicken killing dog and her pups were all put down as the vet determined "they had too many problems". Don't know what those were didn't ask.
That picture was worth everything, and I'll keep reporting chicken-killing dogs and dog packs (created by irresponsible owners dumping their dogs in the country).