Why did the Siberian Husky cross the road? Not sure, but it probably had something to do with killing the chicken:
It started on June 14, when Tolland animal control officer Tina Binheimer notified Luna's owner, Paul Doyle, that she had placed a restraint order on the dog, meaning that Doyle needed to fortify his invisible fence, which wasn't keeping the dog in. Binheimer said she had picked up Luna numerous times for roaming and once for killing a neighbor's chickens.
Doyle said he never complied with the order that an enclosure be built by June 18, saying Luna would "go berserk" if he confined her. On June 20, Luna escaped and attacked the neighbor's chickens a second time.
That prompted Binheimer to put a "disposal order" on the dog, meaning Luna had to be put down no later than June 21.
OK, so from the information that is publicly available, it would appear we have an owner who has repeatedly refused to properly confine his dog -- despite several warnings -- creating a public nuisance and dead neighbor chickens not once, but twice.
If this information is all correct, it's hard to have much sympathy for the owner. But you can sure feel horrible for the dog, because now there's that whole death warrant thing. Ugh. Maybe somebody can remind me here -- if you have a dog that is put in a position where she is able to follow through with her chicken-killing instincts, how exactly is that her fault, and why should she have to die?
There is definitely something that seems terribly unfair about this. We won't cast aspersions on animal control because we don't know the full story, but this dog definitely does not appear to be some sort of hopelessly vicious menace to society. There is a world of difference between a dog with a high prey drive, and one with a high child-eating drive. I mean, it's just common sense: even if you've got the sweetest, friendliest dogs in town, you're probably not going to let them babysit your chickens, right?
Anyhow, a restraining order has been sought to keep Luna from being euthanized, and there are lawyerly negotiations underway as this is being typed, looking to find the dog a newer (presumably more secure) home, rather than killing her.
A rescue that is capable and committed to rehoming this dog in a safe, secure home (i.e. high-fenced, with appropriate supervision and no cats... or chickens) would seem to be a much kinder solution for all parties involved. And the guy who got his chickens eaten? He prefers this option, as well.
If no agreement is reached today, there will be a hearing tomorrow to determine Luna's fate. We'll definitely be keeping our eyes and ears on this one. There are a lot of important issues at play here.
Luna the Notorious Chicken Slayer