SEBASTIAN COUNTY, Ark. (KFTA) - Three goats are killed and eaten by pit bulls that live in the same neighborhood, according to a report by the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office (SCSO).
The attack happened on Saturday, February 2, around 4:30 p.m., at the 1200 block of Lilac Place near Greenwood.
Sheriff deputies met with the goat owner and showed the deputies where TWO PIT BULLS seemed to be eating several goats in the pen, according to the report.
The man told authorities that the dogs belonged to a neighbor who often let the dogs roam without supervision.
The three goats were named Stormy, Bonnie, and Clyde. Stormy and Bonnie were pregnant. The goats had sentimental value to the owner because they were raised to be pets for his grandchildren.
The man said another dog ran off when he approached the goat pen, but the two dogs that were still in the pen became aggressive toward him, per the report.
A deputy also approached the pen hoping to run the dogs off, but the opposite happened -- the dogs became aggressive. In the report, the deputy said the two dogs were not retreating or leaving the property, and that's when the deputy fired several rounds from his gun and killed both dogs.
"We want people to know that there are repercussions to your animals running loose and killing other people's animals. Our plan going forward is we have tried to go back out there and we plan on issuing a citation for letting a vicious animal run large," Sebastian County Sheriff Hobe Runion said.
A neighbor, who also call the Sheriff's office for animal control, said he had chased the same dogs off his property because the dogs were trying to get his calf.
The deputy's actions fall within Arkansas law, Arkansas Code 20-19-102, that allows killing dogs that are catching, injuring, or killing a domesticated animal. Also, the owner of the dogs has no liability against the one who puts down vicious dogs.
Deputies made contact with the owner of the dogs.
The deputy went to the home of the dog owner and explained that he had been forced to shoot the dogs because of the attack against the goats.
The deputy and the dog owner went to the home where the attack happened and retrieved the dogs.
SCSO is investigating the incident and citations may be issued for allowing aggressive dogs to run amok.
The owner(s) of the of the dogs may face charges should the goat owner choose to pursue damages.