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That said, the job does require officers, at times, to step up and safeguard the public from dangerous animals.
Sadly, not every Animal Control officer is competent do the job.
Consider the situation in Aiken, South Carolina, where a group of free running molosser dogs (pit bull-boxer crosses) recently attacked and killed two miniature ponies, a goat, and perhaps a cat (it was never seen again).
The dog's tracks were all over the crime scene, the dogs were photographed with blood smeared across their bodies, and the bite marks on the goat and horse made clear this was a large-dog attack.
So what did Aiken Animal Control do? They said "maybe it was coyotes". Who knew? They did not have the equipment or budget to test.
So now what?
The latest is that the animals are to be "adopted out of state."
What's that mean?
It means out of sight is out of mind.
In these kinds of situations, vicious dogs are routinely moved out of state, their histories scrubbed, and then the dogs are re-homed with unsuspecting and naive wanna-be dog owners who too often learn the hard way that a large, poorly socialized, dog can be a dangerous liability on four legs.
Will that happen in this case? It looks like it.
The dogs have been separated and, unless they attack other dogs or their human handlers in the next few weeks, they are are scheduled to be sent to "no kill' shelters in another state.
Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian says the dogs will NOT go to the adoption floor at the Aiken County Animal Shelter.
Right. Why not? Oh, because they are DANGEROUS DOGS? Got it!
Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian says the dogs will not be adopted into the same home together, and that a "history" of the dogs "possible" involvement in an animal attack will be included in their adoption information.
Wanna bet that never happens, or that that the "history" includes no photographs, and is so glossed over and sanitized as to be a lie?
And if the dogs attack again, where will be Aiken County officials be?
Cloud-hidden, whereabouts unknown, you can be sure.
None of this is to say that these kind of cases are easy. However, it goes, the ultimate price is too often paid by the dogs who, through no fault of their own, were born big with prey drive and who got little training or socialization. Add in a human family that did not properly fence or kennel them, and it's a predictable tragedy.
To be clear, all of this was preventable. Neighboring farms had seen these dogs loose and harassing livestock before, and they had reported the dogs to Animal Control.
And what did Animal Control do? Little or nothing.
What is Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian going to do about THAT? It's a serious question as, at some point, liability is going to visit his door for failing to act. It's not like the situation has not made the newspaper!
And what about the Court? Will it step in and ban these dog owners from ever having dogs again?
We'll see; additional charges are set for March 25th.