Alison asked us to share the news that three of her chickens were killed by two dogs on Friday (Feb. 17, 2012) at approximately 9 a.m.:
It would be a public service to use this as a cautionary tale for local dog and chicken owners. Whoever owns these dogs should know the result of letting them run.
Above is a photo of the late, great Rhode Island Red, Ginger. She and her flockmate Cricket were killed Friday at about 9.00 a.m. in my backyard by two dogs. They injured a third chicken, Lacey, so severely that I had to kill her, and Rita is sitting in a cardboard box in my kitchen. We’ll see if she will manage to pull through.
The carnage in my backyard came about as the result of two dogs being allowed to run loose in the neighborhood, and I want my neighbors with dogs to know what can results from this practice, and to stop it. The dogs were apparently a small white terrier-like dog with spots, and a medium-sized brown dog, according to my neighbors who intervened to save the remaining chickens.
Our house, between the Keystone Church and Tangletown, is known as the Chicken House. I garden with my chickens in the front of the house, and they are visible in their enclosure at the side of the house. Lots of neighborhood children over the last 5 years have stopped by to say hello to the girls and feed them dandelion leaves and sunflower seeds. Having chickens has been a lovely way to meet and get to know people in the neighborhood, including the very conscientious dog walkers in the area.
I have never seen dogs running loose in the area before, but it only takes once. These were not strays — they are someone’s pets, and someone needs to know the result of letting their dogs run. The dogs squeezed through a small opening in the back fence that my neighbors carefully built around a giant cherry tree. Dogs do what it is their nature to do, which is why people need to be responsible dog owners. In the interest of neighborhood peace and civility, please DO NOT let your dogs run.