Friday, February 12, 2016


A Glendale man reported that a neighborhood dog killed 12 of his animals Tuesday.

The dog entered an enclosed property and killed two goats, nine hens, and a rooster, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff Office.  According to reports, one for the goats seemed to have had its throat bitten and the other goat had a large hold on its left side rib cage area.

The incident happened February 9 on Highland Street in Spartanburg County.

When the man returned from work, he saw the dog, described as white/bluish pit bull type dog, and all the damage it caused, according to reports.  The man valued all the damage at $485, reports say. 


Farmer Jane said...

I know that the more important victims of these attacks are the people that are mauled and/or killed. Still, there is something about these pit attacks on other animals that is really horrifying. Part of it is that the victims cannot get away. If you are a good caretaker of your goats, chickens, etc, you have good fences, coops, cages, whatever. Because this is how you keep your animals safe. You keep them confined to your property to keep them from getting hit by cars, attacked by dogs, shot by irritated neighbors, and so on. You also try to keep the predators out: foxes, raccoons, coyotes, even hawks and owls. And usually this works. But pit bulls and their ilk defy and transcend anything that you do to keep your animals safe.
The absolute gruesomeness of these attacks is hard to convey with words. The animals are chased in their enclosures, bashing into fences or walls, being ripped and torn. These attacks go on for as long as the animals, in total terror, keep moving, or until the dog gets tired. Clean up often involves having to euthanize those creatures that are too injured to save, as well as literally picking up the torn pieces of those who didn't make it. For those that live, recovery is painful and prolonged, as well as expensive for the owner. Puncture wounds made by a dog are a nasty business that fester. Goats and cows often can't eat because their muzzles are shredded.
I'm so tired of this. I have wonderful animals that bring me much joy. They don't deserve to be tortured for the enjoyment of some idiot's choice of a pet. And then to have everyone say:
"That poor dog was just playing."
"He was just a puppy, he didn't know any better."
"Why did you have to shoot it?"
"Ma'am, there's nothing I can do, the dog's on his own property, now."
"We have to release the dog back to the owners. It's the law."
And on, and on, and on.

Sweetie Pie said...

In most places, the law allows you to kill any dog caught harassing or attacking your livestock. In most places, you're also allowed to kill any dog that *recently* attacked livestock.

I don't understand why people are still passively waiting for authorities to decide to follow these laws. Particularly in agricultural areas -- why doesn't the whole livestock-owning neighborhood march over to the pit owner's yard and shoot the pit bull dead right there, then warn its owner not to get another one?

Yes, the pit bull crowd behaves like a domestic terrorist organization, but they can't terrorize a whole neighborhood. Strength in numbers and united we stand...

Farmer Jane said...

Sweetie Pie, I understand your frustration with this. I feel it, too.
First thing, it's actually not easy to shoot an attacking dog without endangering other animals and humans. The animals run and grapple and roll. Sometimes humans run around and try to catch them, or stand around watching the show.

Second thing, I really don't think that bringing a fire arm to someone else's property and firing it is legal. I'm pretty sure that even Florida's infamous Stand Your Ground Law wouldn't cover you.

Lastly, as awful as it is to live in a neighborhood with attacking pit bulls, I don't want to start an armed confrontation with a neighbor. Not getting humans hurt is pretty high on my list of important stuff.

I wish it were different. We have shot a dog or two. It just doesn't always work out that you can.

Anonymous said...

Neighbours of roaming pits (or any other vicious dogs) should make a habit of keeping meatballs on hand for the trespassers... just make sure to add a few---ahem---"special" ingredients.

If animal control is useless and you have no choice, then you have NOTHING to feel guilty about.

Anonymous said...

Just don't get caught!