WEST VALLEY CITY — West Valley officials say a feral dog that has been killing livestock for “fun” and successfully avoided capture for a year was located Thursday morning and immediately euthanized.
The German shepherd mix was spotted Thursday morning by an animal control officer in an open field. West Valley Community Preservation Department Director Layne Morris said the officer attempted to trap the dog, but it once again got away. The officer was about to leave the area, when he spotted the dog again, this time “tracking livestock in a sheep pasture.”
The officer, a retired police officer with 20 years of service who worked with SWAT and was a K-9 handler, was given authorization to kill the animal, Morris said. A shotgun was used and the dog was killed quickly.
“The employee determined that this agricultural area was a safe place to engage the dog and took action, shooting the dog. This was carried out safely and humanely,” the city said in a prepared statement.
Morris said the city “would have preferred to capture the dog alive and euthanize it in a very controlled situation.”
But either way, he said, the dog would have been put down.
“The dog has developed a love of blood. So it’s actively killing livestock in the area. So that’s made the dog simply incompatible to be successful in our society anymore,” Morris said, noting he felt sorry for the animal.
“It’s not the dog’s fault it’s been abandoned by somebody and is left to fend for itself,” he said.
Morris reminded the public that West Valley City established one of the first “no-kill shelters” in Utah.
“We’re animal services. What we do is save animals. We’re a no-kill shelter. We take no joy in having to euthanize a dog,” he said. “It’s not a crime and punishment thing. The dog didn’t deserve to be killed. It’s simply a matter of that dog cannot exist in society. It needed to be done for public safety and for the safety of property preservation.”
West Valley City added in a prepared statement that “initial efforts to avoid lethal measures and capture the dog were unsuccessful and the dog became increasingly aggressive. As this situation escalated over the past few weeks, it became clear that this threat needed to be neutralized as quickly as possible.”
Recently, West Valley officials had received a confirmed report that the dog had attempted to attack a child, who was able to …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Utah News