The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that Amy Fluit’s three St. Bernards were allegedly found eating Mike Bus’s show goats on Sunday (7/7/13), and Bus allegedly shot the dogs. Both Fluit and Bus are Rock Rapids area residents.
We had a chance to talk with Amy Fluit, and she told us her side of the story. She says it started Saturday when she was camping at Lake Pahoja, and Lyon County Deputy Mark Dorhout tried to contact her at her home near Rock Rapids to tell her what her dogs were up to.
Fluit says she has not seen any evidence that the dogs killed a goat.
She says she wishes Bus would have called her and gave her some warning, and she would have rectified the situation before it came to this. Although the Sheriff’s press release states that the three dogs were shot all at once, Fluit says she’s sure one of them was shot much earlier — sometime on Saturday, and the other ones were shot on Sunday morning. She says one of the dogs was stiff with rigor mortis on Sunday morning when she picked up the bodies. Fluit says she also checked with a veterinarian.
Fluit says she was told that the dogs were killed in a goat pen, but the pictures she received showed one of them was killed in a shed and two of them were shot by a grain bin. She says as if the news that they were all dead wasn’t bad enough, one of the dogs was pregnant.
Fluit says she and her girls are devastated about the loss of the dogs.
Fluit also wanted to quell a rumor that’s going around.
She says that the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has promised that she will get the full police report soon. She says she is not sure if they will file a civil suit in the matter.
Mike Bus has referred all questions to his lawyer, Randy Waagmeester. We talked to Waagmeester and he referred people to the Lyon County Sheriff’s press release about the incident. He said they may have information to release in the future, but did not have anything further to say at this time.