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Home » Archives » June 2007 » Open Letter To Dog Owners

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06/01/2007: "Open Letter To Dog Owners"


Dear Dog owners on San Juan Island:

Yesterday, May 30, 2007 at approximately 11:00 am, my cows were brutally attacked by a pair of large dogs. We were alerted to the attack by the horrible screaming of a cow, which subsequently plunged into my deep pond after the dogs were chased off of her. This is the second dog attack that these cows have suffered in 8 months - one of my (then three) cows died as a result of wounds received in the first attack. Again, only one cow seems to have been attacked and she received many bites to the legs, rump and belly. If no one was home at the time of the attack I imagine that the cow could have been killed.

The dogs likely live in the University Heights, Hillview Terrace, or Eureka neighborhoods, but we all know that loose dogs can easily explore for many miles, so they may live elsewhere. The dogs that have now threatened the life of my second cow are both large (80-100 pounds) - one more-or-less a German shepherd with rounder nose and the other a Border collie-type, mostly black with white ruff. If you own dogs that match this description, who were loose yesterday morning, the right thing to do would be to call the Sheriff's office and discuss the problem. While your dogs have most likely gone home to rest, play with you and have dinner, I will spend the next several weeks fretting about an injured animal who may or may not survive its wounds, and when the dogs will come back.

We say that we want to support agriculture in this county. People love to look at farm animals in island pastures. Loose dogs and livestock do not mix. Dog attacks are heartbreaking to those of us who have to witness them.

Claudia Mills
San Juan Island


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