Shelby animal attacks attributed to rogue pit bull

In an update to this story about animal attacks in Kentucky.

Mysterious animal attacking Shelby Co. livestock possibly identified

Shelby County Animal Control says they may know what’s been happening to animals randomly attacked in the area.

An officer says a pit-bull may have been terrorizing the community since reports surfaced in mid-December about a mysterious animal attacking livestock.

He says two women saw the pit-bull attacking their dog and was able to pull it off of their dog and tie it up until animal control could take it away.

The rogue animal is friendly towards humans but attacks the goats. This does seem like a more plausible explanation than the hype suggested in the media (werewolf, chupacabra). As we noted in the first piece, many locals figured early on it was a dog attacking the livestock.

  4 comments for “Shelby animal attacks attributed to rogue pit bull

  1. Chipshotz
    January 25, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Awwww, can’t anything be supernatural anymore??

  2. January 26, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Ah, I feel I need to add this link for those commentators making unsupported claims about pit bulls as hazards. There is MORE to it than just the breed.
    http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4288

  3. Horsehair Braider
    January 27, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Agreed. It is *dogs* that can be a hazard. Not this or that type of dog.

    My vet told me that the dog she most dreads handling is the cocker spaniel.

    In my area, alas, pit bulls are still used for illegal fighting, so it is not uncommon to see one loose. There are simply so many of them. But frankly I have seen many different breeds of dog involved in livestock harassment, including huskies, blue heelers, even small breeds of dog. This is simply the nature of dogs – they *are* predators, after all.

  4. Margaret DeBlois
    February 21, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    I’ve had to handle many breeds during my work at the humane society in West Palm Beach FL. In 5 years got bit 1 time and that was by a chihuahua, in the face!!! I had to quit the job after taking home my 8th rescue, I could not let the ones I got to know get put to sleep!!

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