Utah County teenager loses 26 lambs in dog attack

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  • Boba TOOELE, UT
    Jan. 17, 2012 12:24 p.m.

    Last June I was viscously attacked by a dog who went after my daughter and I while riding bikes. The attack left me with four deep puncture wounds, a shoe full of blood, and a bill from a night spent in the emergency room. After the owners called their dog in I lay in the middle of the road {screaming for help} 15 minutes before the bloodflow slowed enough {I was applying pressure on the wounds with my jersey} so that I could safely limp the mile home with bits of my jersey tied around my leg. The owners maintained that they never heard my calls for help, and I am not a quiet person while yelling for an ambulance. I filed charges, and provided photos of the bites and swelling (the bruising happed later, and the nerve damage does not show), but as far as I know nothing has been done.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Jan. 16, 2012 8:19 p.m.

    People who have dogs needs to make sure that they do not disrupt their neighbors. This means if they bark, they are attended to or brought inside. If they are outdoors, they should be fenced or on a leash. If they defecate on someones property other than their own, their owner should clean up after them, etc.

    People, your animals are YOUR responsibility.

  • snowcat21 baldwin, md
    Jan. 16, 2012 8:17 p.m.

    An excellent way to protect livestock from predators is to have Anatolian Shepherd dogs as guardians. The Anatolian is a very old breed that comes from the country of Turkey. They have a natural instinct to protect "their" livestock from predators, including cougars, bears, coyotes and wolves. For an Anatolian to be a guard dog it must be placed with the livestock (sheep) as a young puppy. It grows up with sheep and it adopts the sheep as its own flock.

    The Anatolian is large enough and powerful enough to tackle any would be predator. Typically it is desirable to have three or four Anatolians guarding one herd of sheep. They are very smart and they instinctively know how to work together to best protect the sheep.

  • ComSen1 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 15, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    I'm sorry for the loss, Kelly.

    Now to Clark Caras: this was in no way an act of terrorism as far as any evidence presented. Anyone who uses that term so loosely should be reprimanded because you're totally watering down the meaning. If the owner of the dogs had intentionally trained them to attack sheep, and set them on the sheep with the intent of causing fear or terror to Kelly, it might be construed as terrorism. But that's not the case as far as we know, so please find a different word from your vocabulary, such as "tragedy."

  • thunderbolt7 DUTCH JOHN, UT
    Jan. 15, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    Prevention: is there anything wrong with setting traps to catch free-roaming dogs?

  • Love Utah Draper, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 10:06 p.m.

    I feel so sad for you Kelly, but remember, NEVER GIVE UP. Continue and you will be stronger.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Jan. 14, 2012 8:56 p.m.

    People need to learn more about what their chosen dog was bred to do, not just buy, or adopt, what they think is the cutest, or the prettiest or the most macho. Over time, I have grown to dislike the idea of animal rescue organizations since they make it so easy for people to be irresponsible for their pets. While there are undoubtedly many wonderful "mutts," for every great family dog, there are many thousands more that blight society because they are descended from roaming, silly, unhealthy animals. Humane euthanization is the best approach to unwanted animals. Research and then think long and hard before you choose a pet. Then, seek out a reputable breeder and spay/neuter your new pet. Support the people who care about the future of the breed you select, instead of helping to promote irresponsible pet ownership.

  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 1:46 p.m.

    I think the dogs should be sent to Best Friends and be roommates with Mike Vic's dogs so some well-meaning person can adopt them for mega-dollars and feel good about themselves.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Jan. 14, 2012 12:54 p.m.

    I hope you recover from this, Kelly. It seems you have a gift of being a good sheep farmer. That takes a special person to take care of these animals.

    Good luck. And I truly hope they catch the other dogs for you, so this doesn't happen again.

  • Sandy Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    Can only echo Yorkshire's simple expression-so, so sorry. I hope something good can come of it for Kelly.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    Free running dogs, be they feral or family pets, are a community menace. The standard pet owner reply is, "Not my dear Fido. How unusual, he has never killed anyone in our house before." Will we wait until a child is killed before something is done?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Jan. 14, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    My nephew tried to raise some chickens in his back yard in a fenced area with a coop but their neighbor's dog broke in and killed every chicken he had while they were away. Law enforcement officers were called but only told the neighbor he would have to compensate for the damage but the neighbor said, "prove it was my dog". My nephew repaired his fence, bought some more chickens and a 12 gauge shotgun. He killed the dog trying to get through his fence to get at the chickens again. There was a fist fight and both the neighbor and my nephew spent a night in jail but his chickens are still alive but the chicken killing dog isn't. All is well that ends well!

  • Yorkshire City, Ut
    Jan. 14, 2012 6:23 a.m.

    So sorry this happened to your lambs, Kelly.