VANCOUVER, Wash. -- After the deaths of their pet goats and chickens, a Vancouver couple is issuing a warning. They say a vicious dog that killed their animals could be on the loose.
On Thanksgiving day, the West family says a dog likely jumped a small fence in the backyard of their Northeast Vancouver home and fatally attacked two goats and 26 chickens. The Wests were out of the town at the time, but learned of the killings the day after.
“That was devastating to me,” said Sherine West.
On Monday, well over a week after the incident, chicken feathers still littered their backyard.
“It’s just like a graveyard down here,” West said.
“There are chickens everywhere just killed. Not eaten, but just killed,” added Sherine’s husband Regan.
The deaths of the two goats, Bella and Clara, were the hardest to come to terms with, Sherine said. Due to allergies related to indoor pets, Sherine purchased the goats a couple of years ago as companions.
Sherine said they contacted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding the incident and wildlife officers responded to their home to investigate. Based on the fatal injuries to the animals, Sherine said the officers told them that a domestic dog was likely responsible for the attack. West said that she was told a cougar or coyote would have likely consumed the animals, rather than leaving them to waste.
“This was just killing for sport. Just carnage everywhere,” she said. “Nothing was eaten, just killed and gone on to the next.”
The Wests say they later learned that a neighbor of theirs lost a cat and a chicken to a dog attack the same day. Sherine told KGW she spoke over the phone with the neighbor about what happened. An attempt to reach the West’s neighbor for comment on Monday wasn’t initially successful.
Convinced that the attacks are related, the Wests say they’re now very concerned that the dog responsible could still pose a threat to not only other pets but children too.
“It makes me feel really afraid,” Sherine said, adding that she’ll take precautions the next time her grandchildren come to the house to play. “But it does make me concerned about letting them come out by themselves and not being under my supervision. Because I don’t know if that animal has the ability to take down a child.”
The Wests contacted Clark County animal control regarding the attacks, but were told that a case like theirs wasn’t likely to be solved. KGW reached out to WDFW for comment on Monday regarding the incident, but has not heard back.