MOLALLA -- A Molalla woman who shot two dogs for attacking her
livestock is seeking compensation for a potentially prize-winning
dairy goat that was killed.
A Clackamas County hearings officer is scheduled to conduct a hearing
this month to decide whether the dogs' owner should be held
responsible and whether he should compensate Marilyn Goodridge. The
hearing date had not been set.
Two other goats were injured in the attack just outside Molalla city
limits. State law says anyone can immediately kill a dog that injures
or maims livestock if the dog is off its owner's property.
Kerry Baillie, who owned the dogs, Max and Lakota, said he
understands why the law is needed to protect livestock.
But he said he's angry that his dogs were shot and can't imagine them
attacking the goats. The dogs dug under the fence around his yard and
escaped while he was at work, he said.
Dog attacks on chickens, sheep, goats, horses, cows and other farm
animals are fairly common in Clackamas County, said Diana Hallmark,
dog control manager. In 2003, the agency received 44 calls for
assistance involving dogs and livestock.
"There's an enormous amount of area in the county that is rural and
is livestock oriented," Hallmark said.
Most complaints to the county are about dogs killing chickens and
sheep. Horses and other large animals are more likely to be chased
than killed, Hallmark said.
Any time farm animals are killed, the case goes before a county
hearings officer for review.
Woman says dogs ran at her
The Molalla attack was close to town. The dogs lived within city
limits and roamed to the farm several blocks away.
While many livestock owners will fire at a stray dog, not many hit
their targets, Hallmark said.
"Not everybody's as good a shot as Mrs. Goodridge," she said.
Goodridge, 58, was on her way to the barn for afternoon chores on May
10 when she heard the dogs barking.
Inside the barn, she found one goat missing from its pen and two more
wounded and bloody. She slipped through a small door used by the
goats to go from their pen to a fenced pasture. She said she saw the
dogs -- Lakota the husky and Max the Labrador retriever -- chewing on
the missing goat in the pasture.
The dogs ran at her, and she backed away to return to the house, call
police and summon the veterinarian, she said.
Goodridge came back out with a .22-caliber revolver. She said when
the dogs ran at her a second time, she shot both between the eyes.
"I'm sorry for the pet owners," Goodridge said. "I don't know what
anybody else would have done in my situation. I know what I did."
Goat worth at least $1,800
Goodridge found Autumn, her most prized goat, dead in the pasture.
The Toggenburg goat had been appraised at $1,800 to $5,000 by a
certified American Dairy Goat Association judge and was expected to
be a national prize-winning animal, Goodridge said.
The product of careful breeding, the fawn-colored goat had just begun
producing its first milk and was too young to have established a show
career. The goat's mother had been ranked among the top in the nation
for milk production.
Treatment for a second goat has cost more than $1,000, Goodridge
said. The goat won't be able to produce milk because of its injuries,
she said. A third goat's injuries were less serious.
Baillie said he learned of the attack from county dog control
officials. He said the dogs spent time with his young nephews, who
were at his house regularly.
"My whole thing is I just can't see those dogs doing that," Baillie
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When dogs attack
Monday, June 07, 2004
yup, that be a redneck... caint see a dam thing.