Tuesday, July 15, 2008
UPDATE 09/23/08: Protesters want the farmer who shot two dogs after threatening his cattle charged with a felony. Christopher Commins, the farmer, currently faces misdemeanor animal cruelty charges. Protesters held a rally and demanded the state take additional action against him. One of the shot dogs, Hoochie, also attended the rally.
07/15/08: Farmer May Be Prosecuted
Back in May, we reported on a farmer that shot two huskies circling one of his cows. At the time of the shooting, wolves had been seen in the area. There were also calves in the field. The dog owner caught the scene on video and the Orange County Humane Society is now urging the State Attorney's office to prosecute the farmer.
05/23/08: Farmers Will Shoot Off Leash Dogs
Orange County, FL - Farmers are losing livestock at an increased rate due to loose dogs and they're unhappy about it. As urban folks spread into semi-rural areas, they bring their dogs with them and an attitude that is unwelcome to farmers: "Look at all the open space! I don't need to leash my dogs."
This attitude will get your dogs shot and killed.If your off-leash dog steps onto a farmer's property and chases livestock, it's perfectly legal for the farmer to shoot and kill your dog. Loose, roaming dogs are a significant problem in semi-rural areas of the US. Livestock owners suffer enormous costs as these dogs destroy herds of goats and other animals.
Dog owner Chris Butler now has two shot dogs and a pile of medical bills. He had the dim-witted idea that walking his two huskies off-leash would be "good for the dogs." Next thing you know, the dogs were chasing cattle on a nearby ranch. An unhesitating farmer shot them both and he doesn't owe the dog owner a dime.
05/20/08: Lower Valley Livestock Owner Knows Dog "Will Be Back"
05/01/08: Roaming Pit Bulls Destroyed After Killing 7 Pet Goats
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| 5/23/2008 5:18 PM |
It’s unfortunate that the dogs' owner was such an outstanding idiot. Not only were there calves in the field, but this is the time of year that cows will be having calves, and cows stressed by attack or pursuit can miscarry and suffer other complications.
Farmers operate on a small margin and cannot afford losses because some moron thinks it might be okay for his dog to be loose in the country. This dog owner is luckier than he'll ever imagine, because it appears the shooter used a small caliber handgun. No dog has ever survived a blast from the deer rifles we use here.
In circumstances like these, I would like to see the dog owner charged with animal cruelty; first, for his dogs’ pursuit and harassment of livestock. And second, for causing the dogs to be shot.
| 6/01/2008 8:50 AM |
I too am a livestock owner and have taken to shooting any dog that comes on the ranch after having my goats attacked and nearly killed by local roaming dogs. If you cannot control your dog off leash then you my loose your pet to someone defending their livestock. My advice, train your dog or keep them on a leash or in a secure yard or don't become a dog owner.
| 7/16/2008 9:36 AM |
“Orange County Humane Society is now urging the State Attorney's office to prosecute the farmer.”
That County Humane Society has it exactly backwards. If anything, they should be seeking prosecution of the dog owner for cruelty. The law is on the farmer’s side. The farmer has the legal right and humane obligation to protect his animals from attacks.
Obviously, they’ve arrived at the State Attorney’s level after failing at the County level because the law clearly defines the farmer’s rights. The State Attorney’s Office will have the same conclusion.
| 3/22/2009 12:23 PM |
Unbelievable! The antics of these people that are outraged about the farmer shooting these 2 dogs. The owner is responsible for what happened to his own dogs. Such an idiot! I wonder if these people like the dogs enough to give up their steak or hamburgers? do they even realize what farmers have to go through to raise these animals people love to eat? they act like a bunch of fanitics. Do they even realize where their food comes from?