Thank you all for your kind words of regret, and suggestions on what to do about these bloodthirsty dogs.
At first I just planned on shooting them on sight. I even considered putting out antifreeze. But, I really hate to just poison any animal that comes along. I love animals, and there are a lot around here which I would not want to harm. I have my heart set on two Pitbulls. And, I’ve never shot an animal, and though I would do it in a heartbeat to protect my children, I’d feel bad just shooting a dog who isn’t doing anything wrong at the time.
So, following the advice of many of you, I called Animal Control. The man I spoke with was really nice, a country fella’ with a strong southern accent. I explained to him what happened with our goats, and expressed my concern for our children’s safety. His first response was, “You didn’t shoot the dogs?” I was surprised, as I thought they would warn against doing this. I told him that the dogs had run away before we could do anything about them.
He was very talkative, and kept me on the phone for a while. Somewhere in the conversation he said, “You ain’t from around here, are ya? You got an accent.” I laughed and said, “Me? You have an accent!” I told him that I was from California, but that I have been living here for 12 years now, and was trying my best not to pick up a southern accent. He said, “Yeah, you probly talk more proper than us.” He was funny.
Anyways, a few hours later animal control was out at our house setting up a trap. I’m really hoping that it works. I just want to get these dogs away from our home, and not have to worry about them anymore. I asked the officer who came if I was allowed to shoot the dogs if I saw them come back and he said, “You aren’t allowed to shoot them unless they are in the act of attacking something. If they kill your chickens, and then come back an hour later and are just wandering around, legally you aren’t allowed to shoot them.” Then, as he looked around us, he went on to say, “But y’all are so far out here… nobody would even know.”
He laughed and said he thought he was going to need a helicopter to get him onto our property. He was a nice guy. I really hope the trap works. He baited it with wet dog food. They’ll only leave it until Friday. Then they’ll come and take it away, and bring it back again Monday if I want. That seems silly to me. It seems like most of the times that we see the dogs on our property it is on the weekend. I guess we’ll have to handle them ourselves if we see them then.
Anyways, say a prayer that we catch the dogs! I’m ready to be done with this. Thanks for all of your support and suggestions!