Wednesday, August 9, 2017

BROCK, NEMAHA COUNTY NEBRASKA - 2 PIT BULLS THAT WERE ALLOWED TO STAY ON A FARM WITH CATTLE PROBABLY FATALLY MAULED A PRIZED HEREFORD BULL...FACE SHREDDED, JAW GONE AND CAN'T EAT, BOTH SIDES OF JOWLS RIPPED, MOST OF NOSE GONE, BOTH EARS SHREDDED

Reed and Janet Olsen had groomed a bull from birth to take over their herd east of Brock as they transition into retirement, but a  PIT BULL ATTACK  on Saturday has left the animal struggling for life.


Janet Olsen said she is not angry at a man who asked to keep the male and female pair on the farm while he moved to another house, but said she feels it’s important to warn other cattle producers what the dogs can do.
Olsen: “It was teeth lacerations. His face is shredded. The jaw is gone, both sides of the jowls are ripped. He can’t keep feed in his mouth. He is drinking water, very painfully, so they didn’t get his tongue. It looks like most of the nose will slough off.”
He will die if his breathing does not improve and both of his ears are shredded.
The man washed the dogs off and left, telling Reed he was in a hurry to get going. Reed later saw blood on the fence posts of the pen and found the badly wounded bull.
Janet tried to piece together what triggered the attack.
Olsen: “One heifer and calf went through a separate fence and got away. When they went after the bull, it’s his nature to fight, so he didn’t run. So when he went to fight them, they attacked him.
The problem is there were two. When you have that one, they are always easy to get along with and they will play and they seem to be a better dog, but this was two. And, when one starts it, the other finishes it.”
Olsen said she and Reed are planning to retire and had worked for years to build the proper genetics into their herd. The polled Hereford bull, valued at $6,000, was expected to sire next spring’s calves.
“This particular bull is being groomed to take the herd over, so he’s a prized bull to us. He’s a registered bull with a good pedigree.”
The couple is following a veterinarian’s advice trying to save the bull’s life, but his health is deteriorating fast.
Reed said there are coyotes in the area which can be hunted without limit and without license in Nebraska, but typically will not attack a penned bovine. Reed said it’s because they hunt for food, rather than game, and they do not feel comfortable with their path of escape within a pipe fence.
He said he has also experienced an attack by a pack of five dogs on a cow before. In that case, the cow was wounded but her face was not torn off and she survived.
He said maybe a pit bull is more vicious than the other animals, but Janet said she has not lost trust in the breed of dog. She added, however, that now that the pair has tasted blood, it could be a child next time.
A report was filed with the Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office.

1 comment:

Farmer Jane said...

I've owned livestock for many years. From the description of the injuries, it was a pit bull. No other dog or predator will do that to a full sized bovine. I've had a single 40 pound pit take down a full grown Watusi. The injuries were very similar to those described. However, we didn't make the cow suffer while trying to live with horrible injuries. We had her euthanized. Anything less would have been incredibly cruel.
I can't believe they rack their brains trying to figure out why the pits attacked. They are pits. They attack because that's what they're bred for. That's where the "bull" in their name came from. Other dogs will chase or worry cattle, huskies are bad about this. But when the cow or bull stops and turns around to defend itself, only the pit bull will latch onto its face and continue the attack. Lovely animals, aren't they. The dog owner needs to be sued. It's really the only recourse the owner has.