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A Sad Day

Wednesday, July 31, 2013





It is a sad day for us. I'm not Sparking today. I woke up to my hubby hunting for his shot gun. New renters on the 5 acre property behind us concerned us because of the three very large pitt bulls they owned. They have been there for 2 wks. We worried about them but didn't want to borrow trouble.
This morning the dogs dug under our fence and into our fields and got into our corrals and killed 3 of our sheep and injured Lulu, my horse, by tearing into her neck. I won't got into details but the sheriff and animal control arrived to help Chris who was holding a shot gun on the dogs so they wouldn't go after Lulu again, as they tore up the sheep. We had 5 squad cars here and two animal control officers. As the animal control officers were trying to capture the dogs, two dogs tried to attack the animal control officer and the police had to shoot two of the dogs. Animal control was able to get the third into their truck. Two of our sheep were suffering terribly. Our horse vet stitched up Lulu's wounds and then agreed to put them down. We were so grateful for her kindness. I had to call carcass removal which sounds so vile, but they were so caring and helpful. CBS channel two had a reporter out who wanted to interview me and get a story during all of this. I know he was disappointed that I refused to help him with his story or appear on camera. I was nice to him and asked him to understand that we were quite upset and needed to finish with the police and make calls. He took all kinds of video and asked us both for the basic details. He eventually left. Now there is an NBC van and camera man videoing our place. I told the CBS guy that the story is down the street where the irresponsible pet owners live!!! I said he should focus there and expose them!
Everyone was so nice today. The police and the animal control officers were all so shook up. They said they had never seen such vicious dogs in all their years.
Now our focus is on my horse Lulu, and Mary, our one sheep that escaped the attack.

I thank God for sparing Chris and our two dogs. I'm grateful that Lulu is going to be okay, barring an infection. I'm glad these dogs won't be able to hurt any of our neighbor children, or any one else for that matter. It is a tragedy all the way around.

We hope that these people have consequences so they won't put anyone else through this.

Thank you for listening, Spark friends. You have helped me process this experience by sharing.
Peace!

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  • AHAPPYLIFE
    I am more frightened of some dogs than I am of wildlife. It's typically the owners of the dogs that are so vile & vicious!
    1933 days ago
  • EBEAMS
    Oh Leslie ... my heart goes out to you. I believe that often it's the people who do the "right' things are the ones who end up with the worst of the hurt! emoticon Hugs ...
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  • SHERRY666
    OH LESLIE I'M SO SORRY TO HEAR THIS............. I'VE HEARD THAT THOSE KINDS OF DOGS ARE VICIOUS........ POOR LULU....... I HOPE SHE WILL BE OKAY........ AND I KNOW HOW CLOSE YOU ARE TO ALL YOUR ANIMALS..... THIS IS REALLY A TERRIBLE THING...... THERE ARE SO MANY IRRESPONSIBLE ANIMAL OWNERS NOW A DAYS.... JUST LETTING THEIR PETS RUN AROUND AND .. I DON'T BLAME YOU FOR NOT WANTING TO GIVE A STORY....... IT'S SOMETHING THAT IS SO PAINFUL TO YOU AND CHRIS..... AND ALL THOSE GUYS CARE ABOUT IS GETTING A GOOD STORY...... THEY SHOULD BE EXPOSING THE CARELESS NEIGHBORS WITH THE DOGS... I'M SO PROUD OF THE WAY YOU HANDLED THIS....... I SURE CAN FEEL HOW UNSET CHRIS MUST HAVE BEEN TOO WITH HIS SHOTGUN......... WHAT A WAY TO START YOUR DAY...... I HAVE LULU IN MY THOUGHTS..... AND YOU AND CHRIS.
    1935 days ago
  • AJDOVER1
    How tragic, Leslie. I'm glad your DH didn't have to be the one to shoot those dogs. What an awful event. You're in my prayers. Such trauma takes time for healing. Take care.
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    1935 days ago
  • KRISZTA11
    I'm so sorry, this was terrible to read...
    I hope your horse Lulu and the one remaining sheep will be OK.
    The only luck in this awful situation is that you and your husband didn't get hurt.
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  • TRAVELGRRL
    Oh Leslie, what a horrific day!

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved animals, and in such violence and terror.

    I am so glad you told the reporter that the story was with the irresponsible dog owners. Why do they need such vicious dogs? Are they cooking meth or dealing drugs?

    My thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the weeks ahead.

    Just like you though, to recognize the goodness and kindness of the people who assisted you and your animals. God bless you.

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    1935 days ago
  • MAESTRAPLANK12
    You are a role model for all of this. I am amazed at your poise and confidence in dealing with the media. Perhaps this tragedy will make a difference in policies and protocols so that your neighborhood can be protected from vicious attacks from pit bulls. I love animals dearly, but my experience with this breed has been horrific. In Washington and Oregon these animals have killed and mutilated children and pets. I think it is time for action to change the laws in order to protect all parties.

    I am so happy for you that Lulu was spared as well as Chris and your dogs. What a harrowing day! Trivia Sister, you simply rock. Thanks for sharing this. You are a prime example of The Serenity Prayer at work! I am proud of you! You and Chris and Lulu are in my prayers!!!! emoticon
    1935 days ago
  • VTRICIA
    (((Leslie)))
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  • PJBONARRIGO
    My heart goes out to you and your family. I don't understand the irresponsible mentality of some dog owners and I never will. I am dumbfounded that one dog is still alive. I am glad your husband is ok and Lulu and Mary are too. Take care my friend. emoticon
    1935 days ago
  • MJZHERE
    I am so sorry you went thru all of this and for your loss.
    1935 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    Oh my, dear Leslie-
    I am so very sorry about all of this!
    You are an animal lover so I know you are so pained by all of it.
    How very sad.
    How is Lulu?
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  • MELIS_24
    Grrrrrrrrr. I'm so angry at those terrible people. I'm so so sorry what happened to your babies. It's people like your neighbors that give dogs a bad name.

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  • RORYLYONS
    So very scary indeed...Sorry to hear what happened & hope all will get back to normal soon. emoticon
    1935 days ago
  • BOOKAPHILE
    What a horrific day! I hope the irresponsible owners do not get their remaining dog back. That there were so many witnesses to the viciousness of the dogs will help you but not bring back your pets. I'm so sorry, Leslie.
    1935 days ago
  • CIRANDELLA
    I'm so sorry, Leslie! What a horrific, terrible experience...but you handled the media with wisdom and maturity. I'm glad you were on the receiving end of some caring professionals in helping with your sweet animals but so sorry to learn of the renters' rotten behavior...and irresponsibility. I hope this incident will be the last you'll ever face with them... and I applaud you for the way you were able to view what happened with an amazing sense of gratitude that Chris and your dogs are okay...and that Lulu will be. All the best to all of you in healing from this... Susan
    1935 days ago
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