Andrea Lattimore of Oklahoma City posted this story on MyNewsOK about the horrible death of one of her dogs.
Apparently her pet boxer “escaped” from her back yard. The other two dogs – a pitt and German Shepard – were still in the yard. She looked all over, even checking the pound to see if the pup had been picked up. He wasn’t anywhere to be found. The staff at the pound told her animal welfare officers had to use a tranquilizer to catch the boxer, and the tranquilizer killed her dog.
She suspects a neighbor who’d been complaining about how much the boxer and Lattimore’s other two dogs barked.
I had a similar situation happen to me, but I lucked out and my dog survived. A neighbor of mine was complaining about my dogs barking, even though she has dogs that also bark.
One day my boyfriend’s mother was driving on the major road near my house and spotted my dog Deter running loose. She called to him and thankfully he got in the car with her. When she went back to my house, she found my postwoman outside my home. Apparently my dogs charged her and she had to pepper-spray Deter, who’s the larger one. He took off and she stayed. (She’s an animal person and was so upset she had to hurt Deter. Of course, this was a totally reasonable action on her part.) But how did they get out? The gate had been opened. The latch on my gate required both hands to open. No dogs could open this. I know it was my neighbor.
But what can you do? Nothing. It’s a tough situation. But if I could go back, I would have spent more time hashing out the problem with my neighbor and I would have put a bike chain on my gate.
- Staff Writer Carrie Coppernoll