Monday, June 30, 2008
Wales, ME -- Members of a central Maine farming family say a dog got into their poultry pen and devastated scores of animals being raised for food. Amy Tremblay said her sons caught the dog and hooked it to a run, but that by then the husky had wiped out the family's young flocks of about 105 chickens (Rhode Island Red and Cornish Rock).
Tremblay said the dog didn't eat any of the fowl, but mangled them. Animal Control Officer Wendell Strout said after the attack that the husky, which was young and had a shock collar and a tag, was not dangerous to humans. Strout said the dog probably got excited after getting through the fence. He estimated the damage at around $1,000.
The family's sons were able to "catch" the dog instead of having to beat it with a pipe or shoot it to stop the rampage. The husky also had a shock collar and a tag. The dog was easily caught and identified, thus giving the livestock owner recourse. In the many pit bull attacks on livestock we reviewed between January to May, few pit bulls could be stopped and possibly none were tagged.
06/23/08: Report: Dog Attacks on Livestock and Horses January - May 2008
05/23/08: Unleashed Dogs are Dead Dogs in Semi-Rural America