TYHEE, Idaho (CBS Seattle) – A farmer suspects a dog killed almost 200 of his chickens.
The family suspects it was a dog because they said dogs will break into chicken coops and kill chickens for fun, while a coyote or a fox only kills chickens for food.
“They were just everywhere on the ground and a lot of them were in piles,” Thomas Swore told KIDK. “You can still see a lot of the feathers and everything was just shredded. Nothing was carried away for food. It was just shredded.”
Thomas’s mother Wendy told the station that it is very common for dogs to be dropped-off in the middle of the farmland. She said that is when dogs look for trouble.
“When you have animals and you’re not responsible with them, you don’t fix them, and you don’t tie them up, you’re asking for things to happen to your neighbors and to people who live out in the country where people are dumping their animals. Be a responsible pet owner so something like this doesn’t happen,” she told the station.
She estimates that each chicken was worth about $20 but that insurance will not cover the losses the family sustained.
The family is hoping to catch the dog responsible. With the help of Fort Hall Fish and Game they set up a trap outside the chicken coop walls using dead chickens as bait.
The chickens were brought inside every night, but the wire around the coop was not enough to keep a dog out.
Experts say this is another reason why it is important to spray and neuter your pet. Pets can travel miles looking for trouble if they have not been sprayed or neutered.
“If you don’t, they could get a little crazy,” Portneuf Animal Welfare Society representative Mary Deeb told KIDK. “Keep a tight rein on your animals. This is just a horrific situation.”
A Facebook page called Operation Share A Chicken has been set up to help collect chickens donated by the community.
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