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3/29/2011 3:01:00 PM
Homeowner kills dog after chicken-coop raid

COTTONWOOD -- A Verde Village homeowner shot and killed a large Husky-type dog after it tore open his chicken coop four nights in a row and animal control advised he could use lethal force if necessary.

Friday night, the animal allegedly broke into coop after midnight, chewed through a steel mesh fence and killed 12 chickens. But the dog returned the second night.

The owner camped in the back of his pickup with a pellet gun to wait for what he thought was a wolf at the time. He got a "Have a Heart" live animal trap from animal control, but the dog sidestepped he trap.

The only open area was near the floor of the coop, where he placed 35-pound concrete blocks and then drove stakes in the ground to hold them in place.

Each night the dog killed one or more chickens.

On Monday night, the homeowner camped in his pickup behind a blind until the dog returned at 3 a.m. That time the chicken owner had a shotgun and had already warned neighbors he intended to use it if the dog returned. The area was clear for 240 feet behind the coop, so no property would be struck by the blast.

The dog had no collar and mixed colored eyes. It appeared to be well-fed

He said, "My concern is that people don't contain their animals, they run free and damage other people's property. This was just not necessary."

Over four nights, the running dog had killed 15 chickens and left only two behind.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Article comment by: Smile, you're on candid house cam

I have caught two Views/Cliffs residents letting their dogs crap on yards and landscaped areas along Cliffs Parkway as I have recorded it on my video cam. A few more recordings and off to the sheriffs office. I'm tired of these slobs who treat neighbors yards as if they are their personal litter box. I know the women in the neighborhood who take their dogs out with plastic bags to clean-up and who keep their pets off neighbors yards. I applaud their efforts. When the sheriff comes a calling to these homes of these sloths I bet the look on their wives faces are priceless.

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Article comment by: Just A Thought

My understanding is the VVPOA doesn't allow poultry or livestock in accordance with the Covenants of Verde Villages. So why are there several homes within the village that have chickens? Either the owners donít know the by-laws of the Verde Village Property Owners Association or the VVPOA is not enforcing itís own by-laws?? Something smell chickeny in the Village.

Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Article comment by: Gaia Gurl

I LOVE all animals . . .
I have dogs myself!

But I too would shoot to protect my chicken posse . . . they are my BEST pets.

Henny, Penny, Rosemary, Heather and Ginger do all the hard work around here . . .
they weed, perform pest control, fertilize, entertain AND bring me breakfast!

If you DON'T have chickens, you DON'T know what you are missing. If you have dogs . . . be responsible . . . because we LOVE our chickens.

Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Article comment by: camp verde

Vivian Understand your flustration
I have a problem with dog and cat poo in my yard from a few neighbors dogs and cats. This is what I do. When I find the doo I throw it on the sidewalk for everyone to have to deal with. I know it may only be a few that cause it, but everyone pays. I don't have a cat or dog.
Plant some cactus on the corner that will teach them some manners.

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Article comment by: Jeff Swiggers

I live in Cordes Lakes, and I totally agree with the homeowner. I have chickens myself, and if I had an ongoing killing problem like this (due of course to a negligent run-free dog owner) I would shoot to kill to protect my pets also. I'm sorry to all you dog-lovers out there, but if your dog was killing other pets in the neighborhood and you allowed it, can you really expect others not to protect theirs? This is just dumb dog-owner stupidity. Our chickens are pets and important to us.

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Article comment by: James McDuff

To Dog Owners the real problem- I totally agree with the first part of your message. However, I keep reading about this dog barking in your neighborhood. If it concerns you that much have you tried taking your complaint to the chief of police. I say this because I have met him and made a complaint. He was very fair and listen to me. The issue was taken care of to my satisfaction. I doubt very seriously you have.

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Article comment by: dog owners the real problem

Sad but owner had every right. The person who had this dog needs to be made to pay for the killed chickens. People responsible for nuisance dog behaviors are the real antagonists. We have way to many irresponsible dog owners here in Camp Verde. The rapidity and duration of dogs barking here in the Views and Cliffs is extremely frustrating for people home all day such as retirees, and those who work from home. When we have a Camp Verde cop with a loud Shepard whose barking is uncontrolled, what to do? Complaints are laughed animal control and said cop work together.

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Article comment by: Vivian Truax

I see this mans point. I am against killing any animal that has a "family" but when these animals are let lose to do whatever what rights as home owners do we have?
I have an issue with my neighbors dog always using my yard as its personal bathroom. I have asked the owner to stop but that did no good. Do I have the right to shoot his dog?
And with humans that have not respect for others property. I live on a corner lot and people use my yard as a cut through point to go the the other street. If I post no trespassing signs what are my rights when peple do trespass? Any answers would be great.

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