Muskingum County Assistant Prosecutor, Erin Welch says 12 sheep were killed and the county is taking action.
Muskingum County Deputy Warden, Tye Boyd, told county commissioners that in March of last year pet owner, Kathy Potts’ two dogs got loose and went on a killing spree. On two separate occasions the dog visited a farmer’s residence who wishes to be unnamed and slaughtered his animals. The owner was found guilty of having two dogs at large and now the county is left to foot the bill.
"In accordance to the Ohio Revised Code there is a dog and kennel fund that this money would have to come out of if somebody’s livestock is killed, " said Boyd.
Boyd says he believes the Muskingum County Prosecutor’s Office plans to take the case to court in order to get the dog owner to take responsibility.
" Apparently they are going to pursue it very heavily.This situation and getting the money back for the 12 sheep, so the county is getting ready to pay $2,000 for the sheep," said Boyd.
Boyd says the farmer is satisfied with getting his money back, but wants the owner of the dogs to pay for it not the county.