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HALSTEAD, Kansas – A young Halstead girl is trying to deal with what she witnessed happening in her very own back yard.
“I was getting ready to go do some chores and dogs got in and hurt my goats and sheep,” said a teary eyed Harley Stockebrand.
The 12-year-old is a proud member of the 4-H and a champion show girl, but days after placing second in the county at the Harvey County fair with her goat, Ms. Kay, her mother says that pride was quickly turned into horror.
“I couldn’t even make out what was wrong, and finally, I heard dog and blood everywhere,” said Lindsay Stockebrand.
Harley says one dog was white, the other black with a brown face. She says the two somehow got into Ms. Kay the goat and Echo the sheep’s pen. Harley’s grandmother was able to scare them off.
“I grabbed the shot gun and went out there,” said Lisa Stockebrand.
Echo survived with a few scratches and bruises, but Ms. Kay suffered serious injuries including her tail being ripped off and her stomach ripped open.
The Stockebrands’ and Harvey County authorities believe the dogs belong to someone living nearby. The whole ordeal has not only been an emotional burden on the family but is now a financial one.
“Ms. Kay was a $1,000 goat,” said Harley’s mom. “We’re probably talking $10,000 by the time we’re through with all of this. It wasn’t our dogs that did it, it wasn’t a coyote that did it, it was somebody’s animal. They need to pay the consequences and that means pay the bill and take care of stuff.”
The Harvey County Sheriff’s office is investigating, but since the Stockebrands’ live in a rural area, there aren’t any animal control statutes that would allow them to prosecute a dog owner.
Instead, the family would have to file a civil suit, if they can figure out whom the dogs belong to.
The sheriff says if they find the owner of the dogs involved and those dogs attack again, only then can the owner face misdemeanor charges.
The Stockebrands’ say the dogs were last seen running down Highway 50 and Hertzler road.