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Man who beat, burned and buried two dogs faces no charges yet


No charges have yet to be filed against a California man who beat a German shepherd and Rottweiler to death with a shovel, burned them and buried them in a pit.

And they might not be. The owners of the dogs say they’ve been told what the man did was legal under California law, because he was protecting his chickens.

The two dogs — named Jager and Luke — escaped from their backyard Saturday through a hole in the fence and ended up in a yard four miles away, according to KTVU.

The owner of that home, saying the dogs were trying to attack his chickens, beat them both to death with a shovel, then took them to his workplace and used company equipment to dig a hole. He doused their bodies with gasoline, set them on fire, and later covered them up.

The dog owners, Ellen Barkley and Rocky Osborn, learned what happened when they returned home Sunday and were contacted by Contra Costa County Animal Control Services.

The couple, who rescued the dogs from a shelter two years ago, said they were told state law allows a person to kill dogs who are threatening livestock and poultry.

“It’s how he beat them. By his own admission, he beat them to death with a shovel,” said Osborn. “They had tags. He could have called us. He never did.”

Osborn said the dogs bodies must have burned for hours. All that was left of the animals fit into two small plastic bags.

“I’m blown away. I’m broken. I will never see them again,” said Barkley. “I want the laws to change. This never would have happened.”

A petition to change the state law has been posted at Change.org.

Brentwood police and Contra Costa animal services are investigating the incident.

Comments

Comment from Anonymous
Time October 2, 2013 at 9:31 am

The dogs shouldn’t have been allowed to get loose in the first place. Attacking livestock is the LEAST kind of trouble that multiple loose dogs without human supervision could get into. Even the friendliest, most docile dogs can become extremely dangerous if allowed to roam with another dog(s). Pack mentality is a very dangerous thing.

Having said that, and knowing that killing a dog who is attacking livestock is (and SHOULD BE) legal, there probably should also be some sort of stipulations/limitations as to the method.

We don’t know the whole story here. We do not know the accused’s side of things.

Maybe he did not own a gun, or didn’t have one within easy reach in time to protect his chickens.

Now, if he caught the dogs, then tied them up and beat them for retribution, yes, he should be charged with animal cruelty.

But if he saw the dogs going after the chickens, and just happened to have a shovel on hand, and went after the dogs with it, and they didn’t stop the attack when he struck at them (or they even turned on him as a new threat) then he had every right to continue HIS attack against the dogs.

However, his subsequent actions seem to lead to the idea that it WAS retribution, not simply out of no other choice to stop the attack.

Comment from Gatorpit
Time October 2, 2013 at 9:32 am

The dogs shouldn’t have been allowed to get loose in the first place. Attacking livestock is the LEAST kind of trouble that multiple loose dogs without human supervision could get into. Even the friendliest, most docile dogs can become extremely dangerous if allowed to roam with another dog(s). Pack mentality is a very dangerous thing.

Having said that, and knowing that killing a dog who is attacking livestock is (and SHOULD BE) legal, there probably should also be some sort of stipulations/limitations as to the method.

We don’t know the whole story here. We do not know the accused’s side of things.

Maybe he did not own a gun, or didn’t have one within easy reach in time to protect his chickens.

Now, if he caught the dogs, then tied them up and beat them for retribution, yes, he should be charged with animal cruelty.

But if he saw the dogs going after the chickens, and just happened to have a shovel on hand, and went after the dogs with it, and they didn’t stop the attack when he struck at them (or they even turned on him as a new threat) then he had every right to continue HIS attack against the dogs.

However, his subsequent actions seem to lead to the idea that it WAS retribution, not simply out of no other choice to stop the attack.

Comment from vida
Time October 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I’m thinking that someone who manages to beat two largish dogs to death had them tied up at the time, at least one would have run or attacked him other wise. So, no sympathy for the killer here, sorry. I had the bad fortune to have a dog attack my cat on our back deck, I really had no idea that beating the dog to death and hiding the body was the correct action to take. I called the owner, he apologized profusely and offered to make it as right as he could. As the dogs had tags perhaps that might have been a better course of action?

Comment from smoketoomuch
Time October 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm

What a horrible way to die! Bludgeoned to death with a shovel.., for doing what comes naturally?!
And for what, the safety of a few chickens? (something most of us EAT on a regular basis).
My heartfelt sympathies to the owners, though they clearly could have done a better job of containing their pets.
And the barbarian who restrained and murdered them should, at the very least, should be charged with Animal Cruelty – regardless of the fact that he was defending his “livestock”. There are other courses of action he could/should have taken.

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