About a month ago, a strange dog started coming into my yard every few weeks and chasing my cat, Bella. The first time he ran her up the tree in my front yard, she was afraid to come down for three days. My collie and my redbone hound ran him out of the yard. Once, he went after my smaller dog and the bigger dogs ran him off. He's never shown aggression to the kids but he isn't friendly so I'm still concerned. Bella was an orphan and my collie raised her so she is very protective. The dog looks like he's about seventy pounds and I think he's a German Shepherd mix. My collie is about sixty pounds and the hound is about sixty-five and my other dog is 25lbs. This dog is about an inch shorter but he is stocky and looks heavier. Bella is the only cat of mine that he has gone after but my neighbor said that he went after her cats too and her dog ran him off. We have both called animal control and put the word out to the neighbors about this dog so they can be on the lookout and don't try and pet him if he comes in the yard. Animal control can't find him, or find where he lives. He has tags but I'm too afraid to get near him to check.
Yesterday, however Bella was taking a nap on my horse's back (they are best buddies) when the dog came into my yard and went after Bella. Unfortunately, he got a hold of my horse as well. He tore up her leg and her shoulder. The cat ran to hide in the barn and both of my horses ran to the other end of the pasture to get away. My collie jumped the dog and tore a hole in his jaw and his leg and the hound got involved and tore a gash is his flank before they ran him off. I wasn't home but my husband was and he followed the dog up the street and found out where he lived and called animal control. We haven't heard back. My horse needed stitches. It scares me to think of what would have happened if one of my kids was holding the cat or if I was. My husband got my gun from the attic and put it in the barn (unloaded with the bullets in a different place with the gun out of reach of the children) just in case the dog comes back in the yard. My husband and I are both prepared to shoot the dog if he goes after the the animals again or one of the kids. My kids are scared to go outside now.
I want to make it perfectly clear (because my mother asked about it the first time) that the dog is not trying to play with the cat. He is clearly attacking her so I don't want to hear anyone say that I am being cruel because the dog may just want to play. This is not play behavior, nor has it ever been. He has been aggressive from the start and he attacked my horse for no reason.
I'm really upset about this. I need calming down Mamas! Help me!
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