This was truly the hardest thing i've ever had to do. I have never gotten rid of a pet. My pets, to me, are permament family members. A few months ago, this big dog came to my property. He was skittish, but warmed up to us, we kept him around, fed him, took care of him. He acted a little too interested in my cats, so we kept him chained outside. He would bark at my cats, and rush at them, when they'd come near his area. But, they learned not to go near him. I have had some cats turn up missing (weeks ago), mostly males, so I thought they went off, seeking females, (I like to spay and neuter, but they were all young still, and we just hadn't been able to, yet) but I advertised for them, NO calls. Still keeping hope that someone took them in. I've worried about the "what ifs", as far as, did they go into his area, and he got them? But, thought I was worrying about nothing. Today, I noticed some missing hens. Thought they may have been up in the woods, free-ranging, as they do. Went out front, and there he was with one of my hens, and it was too late!!! He was growling at my other dogs, and cats, vicious over his kill!! He was even aggressive with us, when we went to take her from him, had to fire the gun to startle him away. I noticed another pile of feathers, nearby in his area. I quickly got ready, and took him to the pound. I feel there was nothing else I could have done!! He's not only a chicken killer, but then aggressive with US over the chicken??? I seriously do wonder if he killed/ate my cats. =*( Anyway, I loved him, but I had to do it. For the safety of my chickens AND cats. But still, i'm grieving over the loss of my chicken(s) AND a dog.