Roving dogs have Little Rock pet and livestock owners nervous for the safety of their animals.
One duo — described as a pit bull and a pit bull-terrier mix — killed four goats and a sheep, and injured several other animals Wednesday night at the children’s farm exhibit at the Little Rock Zoo.
Two dogs also killed livestock Oct. 3 at the Dunbar Community Garden and at the Victory Garden Project at 707 S. Valentine St. on Tuesday.
Several downtown residents, in the Governor’s Mansion District and in Stifft Station have said they also found their pets mauled to death by what veterinarians said were large dogs. None of the pet owners saw the animals responsible for the deaths.
“This is a school, and that is really freaking us out,” said Damian Thompson, program coordinator for the Dunbar Community Garden. “The dogs were here while the kids were waiting to go to school. That’s scary.”
Tracy Roark, director of Little Rock’s Animal Services Department, said he doubts the three attacks were committed by the same dogs.
“We’ve picked up 60 animals in the last three days alone,” he said. “There are a ton of stray animals in this city. And, although all three instances were described as a pair of dogs, the descriptions were different in the zoo instance and in the Dunbar instance.”