Unconfined dogs and the damage they can do

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by geareduplyn, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Songster

    Jun 2, 2008
    Salley SC
    I've been reading posts about free running dogs. I've been killing dogs for many years for attacking livestock, mostly sheep. I lost count of the number many years ago. This was something that had to be done to proctect your livelihood. There were no Animal Control people where I grew up, and there still aren't. In January of this year my 91 year old mother was was attacked and savagely mauled by a pack of dogs that came down the County Line as she was getting her mail. Her lower legs were badly chewed up and she still has draining wounds. She stayed on her feet until she got back to the house and got inside. This about 50 yards of walking with dogs savagely biting her. She said that "she felt if she had gone down they would have killed her". She then wrapped her legs with towels and drove herself to the doctor.
    My sisters choose not to tell me about this until about 3 weeks after it happened. They knew that if I had known instantly that there would not be a live loose dog left in North Miami or Southern Johnson County. They would all be hanging on fenceline posts along the road which is what I did when I was in High School when I caught dogs in my sheep. My sisters who are very resourceful did manage to track the owner with no help from any law enforcement official. According to them, everyone they contacted had kind of Ho-Hum attitude, and maintained that they really couldn't do anything about it. They did find the owner of the dogs who put them down personally so at least no else will injured from this group. If more than one dog is going after your animals be aware that you are also in danger if you confront them, even a single large dog can pose a hazard in this type of situtation. Get your self a good gun and shoot them. Don't hesitate, just do it. I like 20 Gauge Shotguns with Rifled Slugs for short range shooting. A woman can handle a 20 gauge easily and if you are shooting
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Absolutely, this is what I keep telling people that hesitate to shoot a dog killing their livestock. Dogs "pack up" and will get very aggressive when in the company of other dogs. I'm so sorry what happened to your mom; that is awful. I wont hesitate to shoot a predator killing my birds, even if it's some kid's dog, if only because I am pretty attached to my limbs and my own life. I hope your mom makes a full recovery, Gary. Your law enforcement officials ought to hang their heads in shame.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2008
  3. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Songster

    Jul 19, 2008
    deming new mexico
    im not getting in on this one all i will say is i totally agree. good luck
  4. Ugly Cowboy

    Ugly Cowboy Songster

    Apr 25, 2008
    Corn, OK
    Agreed! And I'll tell ya, nothin gripes my *ss like when some punk lets there dogs run free and tear up everything ya own, and gets all hacked at you when ya shoot 'em! Last time that happened I took him and showed him the damage to my land and my stock, not to mention my hound: his pack of 6 dogs dug a whole foot to get under the wire and into the coop and killed 36 chickens, then they killed 12 sheep (my prize ram included,) a calf, one of my 2 month old coonhounds, and tore up a lot of other stuff along the way. Well, I heard my hounds bawlin so I went out there with my 12 gauge and shot one of them butt ugly pitbulls, then the stupid things turned on me! Needless to say, I made sure they were good and dead. My coonhound (prettiest little black-and-tan girl you'd ever lay eyes on) was torn up BAD, and she died in my arms shortly after I found her (they drug her quite a ways, ripped her to shreds.) Anyway, after the owner of them sorry pieces of cr*p seen what all they did and how much it would cost to replace it all, not to mention I was about to beat him sensless for what they done to my hound, he tried to deny that they were his mutts all together, while 2 sec. before he was batchin at me for killin his "prize" hog dogs. I had warned him twice before to keep his dogs off my place, I think thats bein WAY more than fair, but I've had enough.
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member 10 Years

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    If people care about their dog, they keep it on their property. If they don't , they didn't care enough to begin with.
    I totally agree with Speckled Hen, any animal on my property looking for my animals is a predator. It's too bad that it's not their fault. Wouldn't be great to be able to shoot the owner in the butt instead? I live for the day, LOL
  6. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I love dogs but I think if I seen them attacking my chickens I would not hesitate to shoot
  7. Ugly Cowboy

    Ugly Cowboy Songster

    Apr 25, 2008
    Corn, OK
    Quote:LOL Yeah, that would be nice, but I tend to like to crack my knuckles against there teeth... I dont really like hurtin folks, but when some fool does somethin that bullheaded, I tend to loose it for a while. [​IMG]
  8. wyliefarms

    wyliefarms Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    There is a lady in our county who is getting sentenced in a few weeks, she pleaded no contest, so she isn't admitting her guilt.

    Her pack of dogs killed 2 people on their road. One was an eldery man in his 90's sitting in his yard.
    The other was a lady walking down the road for exersice.

    She will get 3-15 years.

    My sister lives less than a mile from where these dogs lived(they were put down.) Reality is that it could of happened to anyone. Kids playing outside, whatever.

    A few weeks after this happened a different pack of dogs (a few miles away) attacked a horse in its stall and it had to be put down, due to it's injuries. I believe the owner of the horse shot the dogs.

    We all have to do our best to protect our family and livestock.
  9. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    Ugly that was sure a shame about your stock and the carelessness of the dog's owner. So do you run coons or coyotes with your hounds? My uncle had trail hounds he ran coyotes with and you could hear them for more than a mile or two off. Sweet sound on a clear still night.
  10. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Any dog other than my own on my property is in danger of being shot. My neighbor likes to let his dog cut the corner and wander through my property and meet him on the other side when they walk. All I can say is that if this dog ever goes after one of my birds I will shoot it in front of him. I will not tolerate any animal on my property that is a danger to my family or my animals.

    I once lived in an area that had a bad problem with a pack made up of dogs that people let roam free. They were taking down full grown cows and killing other dogs. It was only a matter of time before they attacked people too. We dealt with it by kenneling a dog in heat in a horse trailer. It drew dogs in like flies to garbage and we shot every one of them.

    I am so sorry to hear about your mother and I hope she makes a full recovery.

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