WEST VALLEY CITY — West Valley officials on Thursday say a feral dog that has been killing livestock for “fun” and successfully avoided capture for a year was located and immediately euthanized.
The German shepherd was spotted Thursday morning by an animal control officer who is a former police officer with 20 years of service, West Valley City announced. The dog was in the process of “tracking livestock in a sheep pasture,” according to a statement from the city.
“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.
Officials also reminded the public that West Valley City established one of the first “no-kill shelters” in Utah. But in this case, “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 Akita-German shepherd mix had attempted to attack a child, who was able to avoid injury by using his bike as protection.
The dog is also suspected of “killing over 40 various livestock animals, which include chickens, sheep, goats and a large full-grown alpaca that stood about 6 feet in height and weighed over 100 lbs.,” according to a search warrant filed in 3rd District Court.
Some of the livestock killed were from the Roots Charter High School. The school says that since June, two alpacas, two goats, two sheep and a pig have been killed.
The livestock attacks “appear to be unprovoked and the male dog appears to be killing for fun, and is not killing for food and is not eating the animals it kills,” investigators wrote in the warrant.
The warrant further states that “it is just a matter of time until this feral male dog gets tired of killing livestock and turns on human beings or other dogs.”
The dog has mainly been spotted in the Chesterfield area, from about 2100 South to 3100 South, and from the Jordan River to Redwood Road (1700 West).
The dog had become so good at avoiding capture that it recognized the trucks and uniforms of animal services officers.
This story will be updated with additional details.
Source:: Deseret News – Utah News