Pigs Killed in Lubbock County Dog Attacks
Lubbock County, TX - Two dog attacks Wednesday in Lubbock County left one person with minor injuries and three pigs dead. Sheriff's deputies were attempting to capture the dog Wednesday night with little luck due to the wide-open area where the animal was found.
Another attack left two prize show pigs, Bacon and Templeton, and a pet potbelly, Uno, dead near 118th Street and Avenue P. Deputies are still looking for a large dog with short white fur and a dark face that may have inflicted the attack. Jaime Quest, who owns the property where the animals were attacked, said she believes the dog is a stray she's seen roaming around the area.
"It's scary because it could have just as easily been the horses," Quest said of the horses housed in the same stables as the pigs.
County Court-At-Law Judge Drue Farmer, who owned Bacon, said her daughter was disappointed to lose the animal, which had been trained for competition at stock shows. Bacon and Templeton had been expected to participate in a Houston stock show in two weeks. Sally Ballard, Templeton's owner, said the show pigs were worth about $750 each.
Both Farmer and Quest agreed the loose dog problem in Lubbock County is one that starts with owners who simply don't understand the work necessary to care for certain breeds of dogs. Losing the pigs will be hard on everyone, Quest said. "A lot of work goes into those things. It's not just the monetary thing."
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