The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that the dogs were found eating the goats, and the goat farmer shot the dogs.
They say the incident started on Saturday (7/6/13) when Mike Bus of Rock Rapids found one of his show goats dead, and a St. Bernard was eating the goat. The dog is alleged to have killed the goat.
On Sunday, (7/7/13), the Sheriff’s Office reports that three St. Bernards were found eating another show goat in its pen. They say the farmer [Bus] shot the three dogs, owned by Eric and Amy Fluit of Rock Rapids and then notified law enforcement. Amy Fluit says one dog was actually shot on Saturday and two on Sunday, while the family was camping at Lake Pahoja.
Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says that his deputies tried to get a hold of the Fluits but were initially unable to, because, as they later found out, the Fluits were camping.
The Sheriff says that an exemption to the Code of Iowa for animal abuse and animal torture allows a person to reasonably act to protect his property from damage caused by an unconfined animal.
Vander Stoep says while this is an unfortunate incident, he advises people to keep their dogs confined, because once they enter someone else’s property, and if that person thinks the dog poses a risk to their property, they are justified in destroying the animal, even if it is a pet.