Dog Pack Blamed for at Least 40 Dead Cattle in Arkansas

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A pack of dogs in northern Arkansas has been pinpointed as the cause of multiple cattle deaths in the past few weeks.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Glenn Wheeler told the Harrison Daily Times cattle producers have been finding calves with missing ears, lips and noses after dying. Producers at first thought it was scavengers cleaning up carcasses of animals that had died from a possible disease.

Deaths continued sporadically until a pack of dogs was seen in a pasture chasing recently weaned calves, catching the calves by the nose and then killing them. Upon seeing this the owners fired a gun at the dog pack and the dogs ran.

In all the dogs killed nine calves ranging from 300 to 600 lbs.

Police were called and started investigating the case. The authorities searched for a possible owner as the dogs looked in too good of health to be strays.

“The attacks stopped for nearly three weeks,” Wheeler says, “but then the dogs started up again, killing several more calves in Newton County and at least two pigs just over into Boone County. On other farms just over the county line, the dogs have apparently chased cattle through fences as well.”

Another farm has lost 31 calves to the dog pack. Sheriff Keith Slape says this likely cost that family $30,000 in losses.

The weekend of Jan. 6, the dogs were seen again chasing calves. This time a dog was shot by a farmer. Authorities were able to find the owner of the dog that was shot.

“We believe we have found the owner of the main dog involved, the one that is always in the pack.” Wheeler says. “Hopefully we can get this stopped before more livestock are killed or injured.”

The local police ask livestock producers to keep an eye on their animals and report any deaths they believe to be dog related.

“When families depend on livestock for their income, they have to be protective of their animals,” Slape says.

Livestock producers can protect their animals should they come under attack, but it needs to be done safely, the police say.


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Submitted by David Lee Schneider on Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:43

If my cattle were on the neighbors property and ate their garden crops, I would owe for the loss.The dog owner should be held responsible for financial loses to producers. What about all of the other dogs involved? Are the owners the same?

Submitted by JR on Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:29

I would think they should be. If your dog is running with a pack, or killing singly, you should be responsible for any damage or loss it causes. These dogs are obviously killing for sport, not for food, so they must have owners.
I don't know if any insurance you have would cover it or not. Otherwise, it should come out of pocket.
We had a neighbor's dog do some damage to a car of ours (I know it's not as catastrophic as a livestock loss) and he turned it into his farm insurance. They paid, after it was determined that the dog had indeed, hit me, not the other way around. Not sure if it would cover livestock or not.

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Submitted by Ray Pierce on Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:36

Yes sir it will. As said in an earlier comment, been there, done that. I had a cow, two calves, & a donkey that were killed by dogs. The ones that killed the donkey, one got away, the other two, pit bulldogs, rotted with my donkey. When confronted by the dogs owner, & he didn't like his out come either.

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Submitted by wayne thatcher on Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:45

the dog owner should pay the rancher for his loss and publicize the payment so other dog owners know not to let dogs run at large.

Submitted by Ray Pierce on Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:29

Most states have a leash law. Most local county's will not enforce it so the enforcement is left up to the farmers & ranchers that feed the world. In Tennessee the dog owner would be responsible for the cattleman's losses, & either he would have to pay or his insurance would have to pay or the dog owner could go to jail. Been there I know.

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Submitted by Doug on Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:25

The image is highly misleading. I see it is a "freeimages" photo of dogs but the dogs in the picture look to be livestock guardian dogs, either Great Pyrenees or Maremmas or a mix of the two. It is very unlikely that livestock guardians would be in any attack mob. Please replace this picture with pit bulls, rottweilers or maybe the actual dogs who did it.

Submitted by scooter on Sun, 03/18/2018 - 23:46

i was attacked by two pyranees, on two seperate occasions as well as seperate groups. pyranees are not safe dogs.

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Submitted by Carol Dobbas on Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:33

While I certainly enjoy the information provided in Drovers, it is disappointing to see Drovers publish a photo of two dogs not even involved in the attacks. It is a discredit to the breeds shown (either Retrievers or Pyrenees). Neither breed should be associated with dog packs killing livestock. A photo speaks a thousand words. Please use wisdom in selecting stock images to attach to your articles.

Submitted by Ray Pierce on Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:21

Why is it that only white people are raciest, when all black people want is to tare down history of this country. If it is wrong to have statues of Generals, Presidents, & so forth, why is it not wrong to have the Loraine Motel in Memphis as a monument to MLK. The same thing was shown about the dogs. You have your right to think what you want to & it is the same for every body else

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Submitted by Ray Pierce on Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:03

It doesn't matter what it is, if it is killing your cattle, shoot to kill, dog, wolf, coyote, man. The people work hard for what is theirs. What if you had a large group of city people that didn't have anything to eat in town, & came to your farm or ranch & started killing what you have worked all your life to provide for your family what you do then? You protect family first. Just remember, God, family, & country. God bless the world & all that are on the face of it that are doing God's will.