Goats Mauled and Killed By Dogs

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

An Ellicott family is reeling today after dogs came on to their property, attacked their goats and left a gruesome mess. The Harris family says the dogs came onto their property around 4am Sunday and killed three pregnant 150-pound goats.

Susan Harris thinks the dogs may have slipped through this gate, but she doesn't know how they got to her goats since they are behind a barbed wire fence. "It's wrong, it's wrong. I've had her for 10 years," Harris cries. "In 3 days, they were going to have babies. They were alive yesterday." All three appeared to have died from neck wounds.

Harris believes the three dogs are neighbors' pets that live somewhere in Ellicott. "People think they're family pets, but when they get into a pack, when one attacks, they all attack." Harris says many of the dogs roam around freely in Unincorporated El Paso County since there's no leash law. "It was horrible. It’s not fair. My husband was trying to shoot them. Two got away. They were Border Collie-Sheep dogs mixes."

Harris says she wants to start a coalition in Ellicott to stop dogs from attacking other animals... so others in her neighborhood don't have to go through what she did.

Harris' neighbor actually spotted three dogs inside the pen. Another neighbor's ram was attacked and killed last week. The humane society says it took in a report, but that it's difficult to pin the blame in these cases.

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  • by Caveman/marc Location: Co/Spgs on Jun 6, 2007 at 12:06 AM
    When I was running a boarding stable for race/show horses back in the sixties we had ponies and goats to keep the horses calm, the goats were also pets and would come up to the main house for treats at the kitchen door. One day a pack of roaming dogs attacked and disembowled one very friendly goat, I called the village police who came out and put the goat down after I signed a release for them to shoot. When I lived in farming areas it was not uncommon to see notices in the local newspapers that said " Dogs roaming lose or harassing livestock during calving season will be delt with accordingly" everyone knew what that ment.
  • by Mark Guillory Location: Holly Springs Mississippi on Jun 4, 2007 at 04:53 PM
    Check your local ordinances, but I beilive most counties and municipalities have a dangerous animal ordinance. You have to push your county supervisors/commissioners, local mayors to either enforce the laws, or you do it yourself.
  • by BETTY Location: ELLICOTT on Jun 4, 2007 at 03:08 PM
  • by Denise Location: Peyton on Jun 4, 2007 at 12:21 PM
    There are WAY too many irresponsible pet owners out here in the Peyton area. The next time it could be a child killed, but the authorities just shrug their shoulders. I tell my friends that I live in "lawless land".
  • by Lori Harfert Location: Peyton on Jun 4, 2007 at 11:22 AM
    I can not believe all the animals that have been killed by these dogs that are aloud to just roam free. Once a dog "even the nicest dog" tastes blood they will not stop. They will continue to attach and kill, as long as they are aloud to roam free. All I have to say is "IF THESE ARE YOUR DOGS AND YOU KNOW THEY ARE DOING IT, SHAME ON YOU AND I HOPE YOU KNOW YOU ARE RUINING KIDS 4H PROJECTS, YOU SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR THE LOSS OF THE ANIMALS AND THE REPLACEMENT COST".
  • by Anne on Jun 4, 2007 at 10:16 AM
    This is not the first time those dogs have killed. They run in a pack, have mauled two childen in the trailor park where the goats were killed, and something needs to be done! They have killed many chickens, and tried to kill many other peoples live stock. They need to be put down!
  • by Jane Doe Location: Peyton on Jun 4, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    I am truly sorry for you loss. There needs to be a leash law for unincorporated El Paso county. I get dogs running all over where I live, and yet there is nothing I can do about it except to capture those I can and call the number on there tags, if there is no collar or tags, I have to at my expense take them to the pound, because animal control won't come out to where I live, and I live in the woodmen hills subdivision.
  • by Judy Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 4, 2007 at 09:16 AM
    You have my sympathy. I too have had both goats and a family pet killed by wandering "family pets". While this was several years ago no one was ever held responsible for the attacks. The first attack killed two pigmy goats and the other a old dog. The goats were killed less than a 100 yards for the house and the dog was near the barn. There needs to be something done! The humane society needs to be far more involved in trying to solve these crimes. Yes, they are crimes. The dogs that attacked your goats should at the least be removed from their owners and the owners held responsible for their pets actions!!!!
  • by Mary Location: Broomfield on Jun 4, 2007 at 07:37 AM
    That is horrifying. My heart goes out to the poor woman who loved the goats. I don't know what is wrong with some people these days. I can't imagine that anyone would just let a dog run. That is a terrible dog owner. I am so sorry for the woman's loss.
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