A Large Pack of Dogs Attack Pets in Gardendale Neighborhood 10/27/13
CBS 7 News
October 27, 2013
GARDENDALE, TX-One neighborhood in the City of Gardendale is on edge, after several attacks on their pets by a large pack of dogs.
Neighbors fear the next victim could be a loved one.
Many neighbors say this pack of dogs are unlike anything they've seen before. They’ve described them as malicious and vicious animals who apparently aren't afraid of anyone except a bullet.
"I feel confident that this situation will be taken care of the right way and if not I'll shoot them," said one resident in the neighborhood.
And that's exactly what this Gardendale resident did.
Early this morning around 8, the owner of a goat, who wished to be anonymous, found two Rottweiler’s and a Bullmastiff eating the face of his goat, whose head was stuck between the families fence.
Once these dogs made eye contact with the owner and his young daughter, they immediately started barking and jumping on the fence, looking to attack, that's when the owner had to open fire at them and scared them away.
"They just started eating her (the goat) face, I mean her entire snout from her nose to right below her eye balls was nothing but skull and meat," said the owner of the goat.
The owner had no choice but to put down this lifeless goat who was barely hanging on.
Just three houses down, Tank, a one-year old English bulldog was attacked by the same group of dogs.
"We didn't realize the extent of his injuries until the next day when he wouldn't hardly move, get up and was already running a fever," said the owners of Tank.
The family of a Tank, who also wished not to be identified, had to pay $400 dollars for his vet bill after this brutal attack, but were just happy that their puppy made it out alive.
"Their not afraid of people, definitely not a child, but gosh they can attack anybody," said the owners of Tank.
Vickie Foster, who lives between Tank and the owners of the goat, had witness both of these attacks and was almost attacked herself with her small dog. She says enough is enough.
"Now these dogs have had a taste of blood twice, once from attacking a smaller dog and once from attacking a goat, once they have that taste of blood, well then that’s what they’re looking for," said Foster.
Foster along with her neighbors want something to be done about this particular group of vicious dogs, before another attack is made.
"We don't like to be looking over our shoulder, and watching, and being tense every time we're outside, we want to be able to relax and enjoy our properties," said Foster.
The owner of the goat called the Ector County Sheriffs Office and had a deputy come out to the scene near the intersection of Brown St and Loyola
He says the deputy was able to locate the owners of the group of dogs and warned her to keep them in her property, he also said that animal control would be keeping a closer eye out in that area, and if they notice any aggressive behaviors they will take them in.