Because of irresponsible pet owners my family had to deal with the carnage their dogs bestowed upon us Easter day. The chicken coop and run are in the our fenced garden area; we let the girls out of the run and free range in the garden. I take much of the blame for the dogs getting in. I had not finished a proper gate and just had a big piece of the fencing wired onto the fence. But these dogs still had to climb and bend 4 foot livestock fencing. They took out 6 of our 8 hens. We all know that they are not "just chickens", they were pets. The kids (and I) loved and took care of them. They were so fun to watch, each with their own personalities. This has just broken their hearts. It looks as if the dogs just chased and killed them, just for fun. No eating or chewing or tearing apart so I guess I can be thankful that my kids didn't find that. What was the hardest is when the kids found them two of the girls were still alive but gravely injured and my husband had to put them down. We didn't see the dogs but found two different sets of tracks all over the garden, and our dogs are never allowed in there. Why? Why have people become so inconsiderate? I'm sure when they let their dog out they never thought it would go off and kill some ones chickens. But they HAVE to know it's going to pee and poop in someone elses yard and it's just rude! We have two big dogs that will run off if they get out, we will chase them down and make sure that they don't bother anyone. But for some reason in this town people think they can just open the front door and the world is their potty, their playground. When I take my kids to school in the morning I count a minimum of 5 dogs running around town, in the road, other people yards..., we live on the edge of town where the homes are on more land and seem to REALLY not bother fencing/chaining. UGH! It was not a good day!