Jarrah being a Husky is a digger. We have a blue heeler pup next door and She used to dig under the fence and the two of them would play untill I went and got her, or Next door bought her back. We were both happy with this as It stopped the puppy from barking and Jarrah loves him.
One day 3 weeks ago I came home from dropping the kids off and went to bed because I felt unwell. Jarrah was alseep on her bed. I was woken at 11am by something, I knew something was not right and I could hear a funny noise so I went to investigate. Jarrah was not in our yard so I climbed the fence calling her and she was not in neighbours yard either. Then I hear a whack and the most terrible whine I have ever heard, and I just knew it was her and my blood frooze in my veins. I heard the wack again and again this dreadful whine, by this time I was screaamin her name.
The lady in the house behind me came out and shouted your dog had klled my neighbours chickens, and I swear time stood still. I ran to the car and drove around to the house. I know the young girl who lives there and she let me in. I went out the back expecting feathers, blood and my dog out of control. Instead I found three chicken in a heap, very few feathers and no sign of Jarrah.
The lady of the house called out the owner is here and he came around a corner dragging Jarrah with him, she immediately cam and sat at my side.
He siad I had to hit her she attacked me, and she killed the chickens. He also said she had blood lust now and was dangerous and I would have to have her killed. I offered to replace said chickens and took her home, howling all the way. She had no blood on her anywhere and no feathers stuck to her fur. I was in shock, felt sick and thought She was going to have to go.
When I got home, I was crying so hard and told DH he hit her with something hard, I heard it, DH said tuff she killed their chickens and I was absolutely heart broken. First thing I did was call the RSPCA for advice and they put me in touch with a behavioural vet specialist called Cam Day (I think). I called them sobbing my heart out, I knew she did not kill the chickens in a frenzy, I am sure she saw them running around, dug under the fence and perhaps pounced on them, I guess I will never ever know.
Cam was magnificent seeing as he had a sobbing barley coheriant woman on the phone. Once he realised she had never been vicious, violent, or aggressive before, that we had 2 cats at home that lived in the house and she was often inside with them and never bothered them, he advised me to watch her behaviour over the next few days and we took her to him for an assesment.
Now I want to say right now if I thought for a min she was dangerous, if those chickens had been ripped apart and she showed signs of aggression over them I would have driven her to the vet myself.
So after having her assessed he said she was no danger to people, she was basically still a puppy and we had to be firm with her. (she has had a week live in obedience training as a puppy).
I replaced the chickens (which are being kept against council laws as I was to find out) and we chicken wired all the fences so she sould not dig out any more.
Three days later council rangers show up while I am out. The have had a complaint that we have a vicious dog and they have come to investigage. They asertain she is not vivious, or a threat. They are very happy with the steps we have taken to prevent anything like this happening again and tell DH in their opinion it was a crime of opportunity. She saw the chicken and wanted to play so dug her way in. They filled out a repor and told us they would not have to follow up.
For the next week, she never left my side at all, and for the first time ever slept inside on our bed next to me. I have not cried so many tears before.
The daughter of the house told mutual friends that her mothers boyfriend hit jarrah with a cricket bat untill she went down, that is heresay and I can't prove it.
Last week he told next door if her dog didn't shut the F**k up he was going to effing kill the C**T of a dog.
Jarrah has not left the yard since, has showed no signs of aggression to my children or the cats, and when inside likes to near me at all time.
I still feel so guilty about the chickens and what she did, I feel as though I failed her and those people. As for her "going" the man, I suspect he came at her in a aggressive manner and she growled at him, as he had no bite marks, well none he would show me anyway.
It is a sad and sorry tale, one that left me absolutely shattered. Would you have had her put down? Did I do the right thing.
FWIW, every morning we go to our local dog park, she has never gone another dog or person there, in fat she is freindly and in you face friendly.