I suppose that many of you all are too young to remember the last gas-stagflation thing in the late 70 and early 80's but livestock was butchered in their pastures by people who are low enough to do it. Even one case where horses were killed and the hind quarters taken.
So, even though it is hard to think badly of everyone, being cautious of strangers, even one professing to interested in buying is a good idea. As much as possible, keeping the stock in view is good but I would also post signs for anyone lucky enough to have stock guard dogs. Just to let them know that they might find easier pcikings elsewhere.
That makes me sick. I don't care how bad things are, it is not right to take other peoples animals.
I do remember the butchering of the animals in the 70's. We lost a lot of animals (cows) to it, but I don't know somehow I can take that a little better then goats, and babies at that. I just PRAY that little boy went fast. :tears:
I am so glad that I live where I do - but that thought has crossed my mind that someone could come "steal" my animals. It scares me bad. Especially when I let people come to the house to look at babies or what ever.
I hope that my dogs would get them if they try it.
wow. who would do that. although things have changed a lot people just dont care. thats strange that they left the evidants and a trap. it almost seams they were being neat about it. i am so sorry. i really hope this dosnt happen to anyone else.
I imagine that there is no real need to the people who would do this- just convenience for them. Meat too expensive at the store- then steal some. Things are no where near bad enough that someone can't earn a meal or two just about anywhere.
This is already happening all over the country. Police are finding carcasses in many states. We really juiced up the electric fence and we are considering leaving the dogs outside. It is a shame that people resort to stealing when there are plenty who would gladly share. I mean if someone knocked on my door and said they couldn't feed their kids tonight I would gladly give them a few meals.
I can't believe the crap people do. I moved out the of city because people would steal right from your front yard and did not care who saw them. One year I had some cheap Christmas lights stolen and it made me mad. I moved because I wanted my animal family to enjoy a pollution free life in the country. I often worry if someone would steal my baby goats so I keep them right in the backyard outside my bedroom window. Only problem is I cant turn on the bedroom light a night because they cry.
That is so sad. I remember something similar happening to a girl I was in 4H with, although they knew who it was. It was the people that came to get the chickens from the chicken house, they butchered and stole (left the evidence just like in this case) a pig and a calf that they were raise for 4H, can't remember if anything was done (doubtful). They'd already had some trouble with these people, they'd stopped letting the girl be outside while they were there because they were saying some pretty nasty things to her.
It does seem that it takes only a few people without a conscience to make life difficult for everyone else. But what do you do? I have only a small place so I can keep an eye on it better than some but even so I do go shopping occasionally.
I have a dog but she would cause more trouble to the goats without me here that she would prevent. I tried locking the gates but someone just unscrewed the bolts on the hige side and opened the gate from that side. I bought some cable to put on that side- I need to remember to do taht.