I have 2 dogs who was accused of attacking a goat. They was on the property. The thing is neither one had a drop of blood on them. I don't know but assume that they would. Also if I have fear of it happening again should I re home one of the two? To separate them. If they get out of fence together there is no stopping them they seem to feed off each other.
Chasity Stewart wrote:I have 2 dogs who was accused of attacking a goat. They was on the property. The thing is neither one had a drop of blood on them. I don't know but assume that they would. Also if I have fear of it happening again should I re home one of the two? To separate them. If they get out of fence together there is no stopping them they seem to feed off each other.
Is that goat afraid of your dogs now?
was it afraid of them before this alleged attack?
Does the owner of the goat have proof (like video or other witnesses) that it was your dogs or are they just going on the presence of your dogs as their "proof"?
These things are important, especially if there are other dogs in the near area.
You can also check your dogs teeth for signs of fighting, there might be gum wounds or missing teeth, which would indicate they might be the culprits.
Goats will fight back, head butting is one of their defensive moves as well as kicking (both front legs and back legs), so there could be injury to the attacking dog(s) that would show up, and yes there could be blood on the muzzles or even chest area of the attacking dogs.
In cases such as this it is important to find out as many facts as you can, and if the neighbor didn't eye witness the attack, see if you can get them involved in helping to find out what really happened (especially if you don't think your dogs did or would do such a thing).
I've seen innocent dogs be put down as dangerous animals and then the real offender was found performing their second attack.
This is where you need to think like a detective and do the work to get to the facts, no matter what they are.
The dogs was found roaming on the property. No blood or injuries to either dog. Unfortunately the goat owner isnt being very nice. I'm paying a hefty vet bill. The sad thing is I'm afraid of one of the dogs getting out again and going back. I'm doing everything in my power to stop that but I live in constant fear. I love her dearly and am to the point of trying to re home her far away to stay out of legal trouble. It's just a sad situation.
As the dog owner, it is certainly your responsibility to keep your dogs contained, whether or not they have behaved aggressively toward stock. There are plenty of supposedly mild-mannered dogs that, it turns out, are great secret stock worriers and/or killers.
As one with dogs and livestock, I see both sides. I don't want to shoot any dog just because it's on my farm; I want to be sure it's dangerous before I make such a final decision. (For instance, there is a small pack of beagles that roams the neighborhood. As near as I can tell, all they do on my farm is tree squirrels.) But if one of my dogs were on a neighboring farm and got shot, I wouldn't feel right to complain. Even if they were innocent, I cannot really fault the livestock owner for protecting his animals.
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Wes Hunter I completely understand. They unfortunately got out of out fence. We looked for hours for them. They returned to an old area where we lived in the past. Im definitely paying for it and want no sympathy just advice as to whether I should consider re coming one of the two far away or continue to try to contain them. They are in a chain link fence and we have now been putting on a runner as well. I just have fear if something crazy happens or if one may run out of a door seeing as to how they are house dogs.
Why not try a shock collar on them ? Most dogs figure it out fast that they should stop when you say so ...or it hurts. Its not something I would like doing but if it keeps my dogs home and safe then its worth it. After they were trained with the collar then a buried fence could be enough to contain them.
Last choice is a rehome far away. That's no fun for you or the dogs either .