Almost four dozen sheep killed by dogs north of Riverton Wednesday; Dog owners to be liable for loss

(Riverton, Wyo.) -The Fremont  County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of 44 head of sheep that were killed by dogs running at large Tuesday night at the Bill Jennings farm north of Riverton. More sheep are expected to die of their injuries, said Captain Ryan Lee.

Investigating Deputy Sara Trehearne said it appeared that the dogs entered a feed lot at the farm and ran the sheep against the outer fence and feed bunks. She said the sheep appeared to have died due to being trampled while others were directly attacked by the dogs. “The dogs bunched them up and they trampled each other,” she said. “There were piles of dead sheep.”

Trehearne said the Jennings farm had a similar incident occur last year, at about this same time, but that fewer sheep were killed.

“It appears that we have two dogs that are responsible for this but there may be more. We have had this problem in the past in this same area,” Lee said. “If you own a dog and you fail to keep the dog from running at large, you have committed a criminal offense.” Lee said the dogs involved in the killing ran off after the incident and they have not been identified as this time.

Dog owners are held criminally liable for damages to persons or livestock, as well as fines, and the dog can be destroyed if it is determined vicious.

Jennings indicated the initial loss was about $6,000 worth of livestock.

The investigation is ongoing.

9 Comments

  1. Alyssa Lozier

    That's awful! If those were my animals, someone would definitely be short of two dogs.

  2. Victoria Fregoso

    maybe it was one killer-biting sheep that killed all the other sheep….because it didn't have a muzzle on.

  3. Hannah Loveland Schooner

    terrible, time for the shot gun.

  4. Andrea Martinez- Watson

    my mother in laws goat where killed by a group of dogs a bout a year ago. this is awful.

  5. Ronda Bandy

    That's insane.

  6. Teri Osborne

    It is a very sad thing…we lost 30 chickens over the summer from irresponsible pet owners allowing their dogs to run loose. That is about $300 in lost livestock and the dogs also caused the death of my beloved pet Freeway that I had for 16 years. The owners should pay dearly for the loss of this individuals sheep.

  7. Mary Ricker

    A shotgun doesn't do anything expect cause the stupid owners of the dogs to get more. It's time to find the OWNERS iof the dogs and throw them in jail and make them pay for the sheep!

  8. Denice Baker Binkley

    I AM SORRY ROBIN. HAVING FREWAY FOR 16 YEARS IS LIKE LOOSING A FAMILY MEMBER BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT BECOME. PEOPLE SHOULD BE MORE RESPONSIBLE FOR A LOT OF THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON NOW THAT WE WOULDN'T HAVE EVEN THOUGHT OF AS KIDS OR ARE GRANDPARENTS FOR THAT MATTER. THERE SHOULD BE AND MAYBE SOME LAW FOR SUCH EVEIL IRRESPONSIBILITY. OF COURSE IF WE SHOT THE DOG EVEN IF THEY WERE ON YOUR PRIVATE PROPERTY, WE WOULD BE THE ONES ENDING UP HAVING THE JUDGE THROUGH THE BOOKS AT US. I HATE TO HEAR IT, JUST ANTED TO LET YOU KNOW HOW I HAVE FELT.

  9. Lori Sanders

    Im so sorry Teri….Riverton has its own rules it seems…

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