Sunday, November 9, 2014
It was mid morning and Mark was heading back to the house after delivering some firewood and beef. He saw a couple juvenile pups playing on the grassy hillside. He slowed down and whistled out the window and then a whole bunch of dogs started flowing up over the hill, driving a bit further he saw Lakia laying head down. He grabbed his rifle and shot two of the dogs that had headed back to the cow. He counted at least 8 dogs. Lakia's ears and tail were chewed off and she was covered in bite marks that were oozing blood. Approximately 15 feet above where she lay the ground was churned up in a circle and you could see where she had slid down the slope. It was a grisly scene. A cow and 2 dogs senselessly dead because pet owners didn't keep track of their dogs.
Mark didn't see collars on any of the dogs so we assumed they were dogs that had gone feral. A fluke. We were concerned the half dozen that got away might come back so we let the cow and dead dogs lay where they were. If the wild dogs were hungry they would have something to eat and if not it might act as a deterrent. We were also hoping they would come back and we could shoot them. They never did come back.
Yesterday our bull , Lee, was attacked by 6 pit bull type dogs. Many of these dogs had collars. A whole different pack than the one before. Mark caught these dogs in action and he tried to shoot them, but only was able to wound one. They all got away. Lee's ears and tail were chewed on, just like the cow's had been. The bull was in a corral so he had protected his hind quarter a bit by backing into a corner of the pen. He has only a few bites, unlike poor Lakia.
Eric and Jo tried tracking the second group of dogs, but couldn't find them. I've taken to wearing a pistol and Mark continues to keep his rifle close. We feel a bit helpless. We wish we could find these dog's owners and shake some sense into them. Keep your dogs home!
We live in an area that has an outlaw culture. Many grow marijuana and keep guard type dogs for protection. The outdoor growing season is over and I wonder if some just let their dogs loose now as they aren't needed. Also, this time of year, many people come to this area for jobs trimming the marijuana and perhaps they don't keep track of their dogs. I don't know. I just know we seem to see more dogs during the fall and early winter. I've tried to catch them and was successful with a few and their owners were notified and picked up their dogs. Today Eric told me he has killed dogs on the property. Seeing the death they leave in their wake, I now say, 'Thank you Eric'. I too will shoot now, and I love animals.
That's the whole point. Animals die when dog's run free. We now have a fresh grave with 2 dogs and one cow. It's not that only bad dogs or unloving dogs, or dogs trained to kill do damage. All dogs loose will form a pack and chase, circle up and kill. Even my little 10 lb. dog running in a pack would try to take down game. She might not be very successful, but I know she would try. Take a pack of big dogs and even a 1000 pound cow is fair game. Bears are fair game, wild pigs are fair game, deer are fair game, etc., etc. etc. I've even been told children are fair game and I know I haven't felt safe going on my jogs and walks around the ranch. A pack of 100 pound dogs is a scary thing.
We've been trying to get the word out that we have a dog problem. We are hoping that some folks just don't realize what their dogs can do. We are hoping education can stop this problem and until then we are keeping our windows open so we can hear the 'yip, yip, yip' of a pack of dogs on their prey.
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