A yellow lab/pit bull mix and a black lab were euthanized at the City of San Marcos’ regional animal shelter late Tuesday after the animals reportedly killed 12 chickens in Wimberley.
On Feb. 9 at about 6:21 p.m., sheriff’s deputies arrived at the 500 block of Wimberley Oaks Drive in Wimberley in response to a dog-related complaint. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies reportedly found 12 dead chickens. The homeowner reported he had shot the black lab but only injured it. The livestock killings were recorded on a game camera the owner said he installed due to previous attacks.
Later that evening, the same two animals reportedly attempted to re-enter the chicken coop and were scared away by the homeowner. Sheriff’s Office animal control officers located the injured dog the next morning and took it to the San Marcos animal shelter. The yellow lab was located on Monday and also taken to the shelter. Officers located the owner, Scott Pate of Wimberley, and Pate reportedly released custody of the animals willingly. Officers reported Pate said the yellow mix had attacked his family’s dachshund and he expressed relief the animal would be taken. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the black lab was abandoned by a renter who lived next door to Pate.
Hays County’s animal control ordinance requires the dog owner (or certain authorities) to kill a dog found to have attacked livestock.Email | Print