I wish I could write "dogs shot for trespassing" but that is just wishful thinking. My chickens free range on my 11 acres and we have not had a loss in several months. Today I saw two chickens pass the window in a hurry but did not realize the dog was there untill it came back by the window with a hen in its mouth....he caught her on my front steps. I called my hubby to get the gun and went out, there was another dog which ran into the woods going west. The other dog was on the east side of the house and I got there first, it dropped the hen and ran. My hubby shot but missed. The roo I recently purchased for protection of my hens....did not even crow. DH only had rat shot in the gun. One of the dogs was a stray that one of the neighbors took in; I wanted to shoot him last spring when I had to change my walking path because of his harrasment but he wasn't tresspassing then. The hen ran under the deck, then crawled into a totally inaccessable corner. She did not come out to roost so can't exam or treat her. (there were lots of feathers and only one small blood splatter with no trail of dripping blood so hopefully she is not hurt too badly). My chickens have learned to fly over the electric net fence so I can't keep them from free ranging without keeping them in a small run. I do not know who is the owner of the offending dog but I know it does not belong to my good and nearest neighbor....his young dog did make a trip thru the yard a few weeks ago sending chickens running everywhere but he left when I shouted at him and has never been back. They do not allow their dogs to run free but he was out feeding the cows that day. I just needed to vent and I can't do it on facebook for sure. You see I read the Bible to say God created man in his own image and He created the animals.....some of my friends and family seem to have dyslexia and read dog = god. Why are dogs perceived by the majority to be on a higher plane than other animals, especially chickens? One of them even posted a cartoon of a woman burping her blanket wrapped puppy while her friend says "I thought you used to have children". The woman replies" we did but we gave them to the orphanage so they wouldn't hurt the puppy". It's nice to have a community of chicken fellow chicken lovers who've been there, done that and understand. Thanks for listening to me rant. I probably won't be telling if they come back since I will apply the SSS policy!!!