Death Toll by Pit Bulls Rises to 13
Lubbock, TX - The death toll from pit bull attacks in Lubbock last week reached 13. In the most recent story, officials said a pair of pit bulls likely killed 10 goats in north Lubbock County. The dogs were later found dead near the road, possibly hit by a car. It was the third deadly pit bull incident in three days. The dead goats were found at De'Ran Gear Inc. by an employee.
"He saw those dogs eating one of the goats," said Lubbock County Sheriff's Capt. Antonio Menchaca.
The dogs had killed the 10 goats prior to the employee's arrival. Another 10 goats on the property survived the attack but a few were injured. When the employee saw the dogs feasting on the dead goats, he shot at them but missed. At about 2:30 p.m., police found two pit bulls matching the descriptions dead. The dogs lay on the side of the road, and officers found skid marks nearby.
The goats are fenced but somehow the dogs found a way in. Officials said two more goats were killed by pit bulls in south Lubbock County on Thursday evening. And on Thursday morning, a pair of pit bulls attacked five miniature horses in the city, killing one and injuring the others.
Last week's attacks have sparked outrage within the community, with many calling for a ban on pit bulls in Lubbock. Unfortunately, breed specific bans are illegal in Texas. Lillian's Law went into effect in September making all dog owners responsible if their dog attacks a human, but the law does not include animal attacks.
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