PASADENA, Md. (WJZ)— Call it instinct or call it aggression. Either way, the outcome is still shock and sadness for a Pasadena family whose pet goats were mauled to death.
Alex DeMetrick reports the owner initially thought wolves were attacking her pets.
There are still photos of Smokin’ Joe and Billie Jean but that’s all Sharon Manning has of her pets. Saturday night, the goats were killed inside their pen.
“I saw what I thought was a wolf over the top of my dead goat,” said Manning.
She called her next door neighbor for help. He brought a gun.
“And it looked like it was being aggressive so to protect himself and us being out here, he shot it,” Manning said.
It was only then they realized it was the wolf’s closest cousin: a Husky.
On the Internet, there are sites dedicated to the breed, known for their intelligence and escape artist antics depicted on YouTube.
Police say the Husky that was killed dug out of its yard and joined another large dog that was also running loose. The second dog was shot at and may have been hit.
“We’ve located the owner of the deceased dog. That dog has no prior history with Animal Control,” said Justin Mulcahy, Anne Arundel County Police. “We’re looking for the second dog and the potential owners of that dog.”
“They really are a wonderful breed,” said Anita Bobetich.
Bobetich is a dog breeder. She says Huskies take effort.
“You must work it. It is a working breed. If not, it’s going to get destructive. It’s going to dig out of your yard; it’s going to run,” she said.
The fact one dog got away and its whereabouts are unknown doesn’t buy much peace of mind for Manning and her neighbors.
“I’m still in fear because the one dog is still at large. They didn’t deserve to die that way and people should keep their dogs contained,” Manning said.
Police describe the second dog as a possible Shepherd-Husky mix. It may be wounded. If seen, don’t approach it.
Anyone with information on this incident or the whereabouts of the second dog or its owners is asked to contact Anne Arundel County Animal Control at 410-222-8900.