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Gibsons BC resident Carmen Peters on the Sunshine Coast is concerned for her livestock’s safety. She believes a neighbourhood dog viciously attacked three of her ewes. The neighbour’s say it was not there dog and believe it could have been a cougar, coyote or other dog.
Carmen tells me on the night of Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 “my neighbour’s dog had come into my yard to attack 3 ewes, with lambs by their sides. I need to push strongly on the fact the farm was here long before most other homes. Our fences keep out most critters. The llamas were afraid of this dog. I was sickened by the damage done to my ewes. I sewed up many gashes.”
She adds “the dog is still being let out, every time I hear it I jump outside.”
“This is how the whole thing went down. My neighbour came in to help with the livestock while I was out. She informed me that my ewes had been attacked in the stall.”
“One of the ewes had a horrible gash just above her right leg. Another gash was in her right flank.”
“I phoned the police right away and they were here within a real short while. They took a statement, and proceeded to tell me that they couldn’t do anything about the dog.”
“Then tonight (Thursday Jan 19th) I get a call from SCRD dog patrol. She said that because of the by-law she couldn’t do much but talk with the owners. It seems that nobody has the authority to move this dog out of farm country or dispose of it. This is a farm. Livestock are first. “
After hearing from Carmen about this, I phoned Corporal Steven Chubey, the Media Relations Officer for the Sunshine Coast RCMP. He told me he was not aware of the incident himself but would investigate it and get back to me with a statement in a couple days. I’ll let you know what he says.
Sunshine Coast Animal Control Officer Sue Spurgeon was also not available for comment as Fridays are her day off. I’ve sent a request for a statement and will share it with you.
Peter Longhi, Manager of the SCRD Animal Control department told me over the phone he will follow up with Sue next week once they have more information collected from the dog owner and Carmen, who’s Ewes were attacked in the barn.
The dog “Jake” who’s owned by Paul Tingley and Chris Tingley commented that a previous attack on the livestock occurred just prior to a cougar being trapped in the area. Chris says there is no proof it was their family pet that did this.
“Jake is my dog. The credibility of this story is sad,” writes Chris Tingley.
Paul writes “They also neglect to mention the last time they accused this dog, a cougar was trapped in the area a few days later. Perhaps if they would stop partly burying dead sheep to rot and attract all manner of wildlife they would not have so much loss of livestock. They also neglect to mention the neighbor who fixed their fence for them for free when it fell flat and they didnt bother to fix it- making no attempt to contain their livestock . Easier to go after the neighbor than fix the real problems.”
Below is a letter that Carmen’s neighbour Sam McKillop sent to the SCRD Dog Control officer.
I hope that this can be sorted out. Perhaps a motion activated video monitoring system. It would be tragic if blame went to an innocent dog.
If you check out the photos and article of the cougar cub and family cat whisker to whisker, their are numerous reports of cougar sightings all over the Sunshine Coast.
I’d like to hear from you what you think?
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Dog Attack & Mauling of Three Ewes
in Barn on Chaster Road in Gibsons, BC.
January 18, 2012
This Statement is provided by Sam McKillop
*Constable McPherson (Gibsons detatchment) responded on day of incident
File # not known
I ( Sam McKillop) am a neighbor of Carmen Peter’s where this violent incident took place.
I was asked to help/assist as needed, my neighbor Carmen Peters with care of her livestock (sheep & Llamas) as both she and her husband are dealing with serious & debilitating health issues.
At 4pm Wednesday, January 18, 2012 I received a call from Carmen that she was delayed in getting home from a medical appointment and my help feeding at the regular time of 4 to 4:30 would be appreciated. I went to their property at 4:15 to feed prior to it getting dark.
Upon entering the pasture I did not notice anything unusual. The Llamas and sheep in the outside paddock were together as if anticipating dinner. They did not appear distressed. My first priority was to check on the three ewes in the barn who had each delivered – two sets of twins and one single lamb. Upon entering the barn and looking in the stall containing mothers and offspring and saw wool everywhere and blood on the bodies of each of the ewes. One ewe was laying limp in a corner, the others were extremely agitated, large bare patches on their hides as huge patches of wool had been ripped off and tears and rips on their hides oozed blood and their offspring were confused & bawling. Their lambs (within 3 and 1 day old)
At first I was confused by what I saw and pondered whether one ewe had been aggressive towards another ewe but could not explain the blood or wool shards everywhere. I exited the barn to try and understand and ascertain what had happened and was confused as the Llamas, ram, and remaining ewes outside did not seem harmed or agitated.
When I stepped outside the barn & facing in the direction of Georgia Straight a large dog owned by the adjacent property to my right of where I was standing (258 Pratt Rd) appeared at the fence line barking very aggressively, blood covering its face and chest. I did not see where it came from it just suddenly appeared. The dog would have been about 30 feet from where I was standing and was the entire time I observed it on its owners property. The dog was focused on me barking and prancing on its front paws as if threatened by me but I was not on or near its property and was simply standing looking and trying to figure out what to do. I responded quietly initially as I wanted to understand correctly what had happened. I spoke with authority towards and at the dog as I did not want to elevate its aggressiveness towards me or provoke it further as it was highly charged.
The livestock outside became agitated by the barking of the dog and it was apparent that it was responsible for the attack on the ewes in the barn by its behaviour and the amount of blood covering its face and chest. I saw a person walking behind the home on the dogs property as I was attempting to tell the dog to go home and no attempt to call or restrain the dog was made. I was concerned given the bravado of the dog to not provoke it further as it did not respond to my commands and the animals I was supposed to be helping remained vulnerable and others were seriously injured. It remained on its owners property, it continued to bark aggressively from its own property and I again could see someone walking behind the house which is several hundred feet from where I and the dog were and still no response from the person I observed and I have no doubt that either myself or the dog barking could be heard. The distance between myself and the person walking on the dogs property would be about 300 feet plus or minus.
The owners of the livestock arrived home as I was trying to make the dog go away. I yelled to Carmen that the neighbors dog, known to both of us had entered the barn and attacked the ewes inside. Carmen ran to see for herself what had happened, broke down in shock at the destruction and extent of injury, suffering and now distress of her animals that prior to the attack were healthy, content and secure.
I didn’t know the dogs name but Carmen did and when she yelled its name ‘Jake’ the dog disappeared and I did not see it or the human that I had moments before observed.
After assessing the entire area where the animals are contained it was clear that the attack had taken place within the stall of the barn and nowhere else. I did not see where nor did I observe later where the dog may have entered the property. The attack was limited to within the stall and could only have happened by the dogs’ determination to overcome the height of the barrier of the stalls walls being some 3’ or more in height.
This attack was specific, contained and cowardly and could only be described as ‘blood lust’ as the dog that did the attack is well fed and had no need to do what it did other than it could. Given all the other animals present it preyed cowardly on the most vulnerable, mothers protecting their newborn in a stall that was meant for the exclusive purpose of protection, honor and respect for life. The dog that did this is a predator by nature and is used as a protection or guard dog by virtue of its breed as determined by human intervention & paranoia and to this day the owners of said animal have taken no responsibility for what their animal did nor did they protect the rights of others for what this dog is designed and capable of doing as this situation illustrates.
I believe Carmen called the owners to contain their dog that had just attacked her sheep. The police were summoned as no bylaw officers or dog control officers were available given time of day. The police were summoned one to report the incident and potentially to euthanize the one ewe who suffered extreme trauma and spare further suffering. We were informed upon the officers arrival that they were not allowed to perform euthanasia of livestock for fear of litigation. Carmen and I worked together sewing the ewes tears as best we could and trying to settle the injured well into the night.
The ewes were heroic in their effort to protect their offspring at great peril to themselves. We called the police as no one else was available after hours. We received no help or assistance because of threat of litigation though property taxes are paid that include police and Dog Control. Property was trespassed though fences define property. The dog and owner of dog have more rights than the most vulnerable selfless creature that we also feel free to exploit without accountability for its welfare because it is considered replaceable ie; there are more where they come from. Livestock whether it be horse, cow, sheep, pig, goat or any other animal we deem useful for our selfish purpose are deemed expendable, replaceable as if their life is insignificant.
I walked past the property where this dog lives on my way to work. The dog resembles a mastiff in size, frame and exerts its presence as a guard dog. It clearly defines and protects the fence line it patrols when it is outside and within its own property. It reflects the paranoia and uncertainty of its owners and does not reflect the society or community values I live by and pay for as a taxpayer. I am appalled by the indifference and inhumanity this incident reveals of our failed justice system locally, provincially and federally.
The dog would stand about 21/2 feet at the shoulder not including its head. The dog is predominantly white of body with black and or brown covering its head and face. The dog is large boned, heavily muscled, the head shape & body type that of a Boxer & Pit Bull shape only twice as big. This dog is built to be threatening and it is. This same dog is responsible for killing livestock some years ago (reported) and the owner has been told to keep their dog contained on its own property by the farmer.
This is a most regrettable incident and entirely preventable. As a taxpayer I request that this incident be dealt with fairly and given the priority it deserves.
Sincerely Sam McKillop
Cc to Lorne Lewis, Local elected Representative