By Joseph Robertia
Warming weather and extended hours of light are coaxing more activity outside, which can be good, or particularly bad, when animals and people run afoul of each other.
“The warm temperatures are bringing out the roaming dogs, so now is when we see an explosion of outdoor accidents,” said Mary Huhndorf, a veterinarian at Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic.
She has already seen a seasonal uptick in the number of animals coming into the clinic with injuries, primarily dogs hit by vehicles. A dog also arrived last week with a gunshot wound.
“It was brought in after it was shot at a neighbor’s house. The people who shot it didn’t want to, but after the dog had killed six of their chickens, they didn’t know what else to do,” Huhndorf said.
This dog wasn’t the only one shot recently after intruding on another person’s property. Carrol Martin said he shot two dogs Friday after three came onto Martin’s Diamond M Ranch and killed one of Martins’ llamas and a miniature goat.
“We never even found the goat,” Martin said, “and the llama got chewed up pretty bad. He had deep puncture wounds all over his face, neck and body.”
Obama the Llama, as the Martins had named it, was still alive when the Martins found it and called a veterinarian. Despite treatment, the animal succumbed to its injuries later that evening. The Martins tried to track the dogs back to their place of origin. They seemed to live a whopping three miles away. Continue reading