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sábado, 14 de janeiro de 2012

Dogs kill more than 20 head of sheep near Spanish Fork

A Spanish Fork teenager's hard work and money for college was taken away in just a few hours on Tuesday because of the carelessness of a pet owner, allowing their dogs to run loose. Kelly Olsen, a senior at Spanish Fork High School, has been raising sheep for the past four years. After school on Tuesday, Olsen went to feed the animals and came across a large black dog in the process of killing a sheep.
"Kelly was able to call for help and the Utah County Sheriff's Office responded and other friends and neighbors came to help save what animals we could," said Kip Olsen, Kelly's father. "The dog couldn't be caught and it became too dark to track the animal."
The Olsens discovered that 26 sheep were killed and believe the dogs killed the sheep within a four-hour time period. Kelly's grandfather saw the sheep around noon and Olsen arrived at the farm around 4 p.m.
On Friday morning, Kelly's grandfather spotted three dogs among the sheep and was able to shoot two of the dogs, killing one and injuring the other.
"We received a call today that there were dogs in the sheep area and that the owner of the land had shot a dog and injured another," said Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff's Office. "It was his right to do this and we are trying to find the two dogs who may have been involved and track down their owners."
The dog that Olsen saw on Tuesday was a large black lab or a cross between a lab and possibly a Newfoundland. They believe the animal is a pet because it wasn't scared when approached and didn't bolt and run away like a wild animal.
"We need to find these animals because once they have done this it becomes fun to them," said Kip Olsen. "These dogs will do this again. People need to realize that just because you live in the country doesn't mean you can do what you want, when you want. You don't let your damn dogs run free. They need to be kept locked up."
Olsen does have a small amount of insurance on the animals, but because of their unique genetics, she faces a huge loss -- around $25,000 -- and will likely only recoup about $5,000 with her insurance.
Olsen has been working with the sheep as part of her FFA project. She has bred the animals to have the genetic qualities that make them a good show or market lamb. She has won numerous awards for her sheep and recently was awarded the Spanish Fork High School Sterling Scholar award in Trade and Technical Education.

Read more: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/south/spanish-fork/dogs-kill-more-than-head-of-sheep-near-spanish-fork/article_407e5adf-306d-5642-9dd5-8d2bfc6bd9ce.html#ixzz1jP0orUNr


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