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Pit bulls killed after deadly attack on Md. farm animals

So much for the lion -- or, in this case, the pit bull -- lying down with the lamb.

On Monday evening, according to Anne Arundel police, the owner of an Annapolis farm called police because several pit bulls were attacking his sheep and goats. Officers who arrived at the farm, on the 1600 block of Bay Head Road, saw as many as five dogs biting livestock in a fenced pasture.

The officers, who couldn't enter the enclosure because it was too dangerous, shot and killed three pit bulls to protect themselves and the farm animals. The dogs didn't have collars or other identification, police said.

In all, five farm animals were killed, police said. Two sheep were euthanized, and one severely injured sheep was shot. In addition, four other goats were injured.

Authorities said Animal Control officers canvassed the neighborhood in a search for any other dogs, and their owner. A citizen led them to the home of Richard Watts, of the 1300 block of Yorktown Road in Annapolis.

Police said Watts, 51, owned the dogs. He was issued six civil citations.

The attack prompted Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold to remind residents to keep their pets secured.

"This was a very tragic incident as several animals died as a result of this attack," Leopold said. "I urge all pet owners to keep their pets on leashes and properly secure them from running loose and becoming a threat to public safety."

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  December 23, 2009; 11:10 AM ET
Categories:  Anne Arundel , Maria Glod , Personal Safety  
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man, they should have called me, I know what to do with them - Mike Vick.

Posted by: r4e11 | December 23, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold: "I urge all pet owners to keep their pets on leashes and properly secure them from running loose and becoming a threat to public safety."
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Nothing like stating the obvious...and like model citizens that they are, pit bull owners are going to heed this advice.

Go play with yourself "alone" again, Leopold, in a parked car in a shopping center parking lot. Bwaaaahaaaaaa

Posted by: checkered1 | December 23, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I would have shot the dogs first, then called police.

Posted by: jhope432 | December 23, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

jhope432 gets my vote.

Posted by: SecularHumanist1 | December 23, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

This story must be a typo, pit bulls are fun loving animals. They wouldn't hurt a fly.

Posted by: jabreal00 | December 23, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

This story must be a typo, pit bulls are fun loving animals. They wouldn't hurt a fly.

Posted by: jabreal00 | December 23, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

What is thing with black men and pit bulls. You notice teh police have shot pit bulls own by black people. Dog keep your dogs in check.

Posted by: nativeva1 | December 24, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Outlaw welfare producing baby-mamas and watch the pit bull dog population decrease hand in hand.
You will like the way it look, I guarantee it. So says, the Today's Man ad and I agree with all I say here.

Posted by: foxxmacpryor | December 24, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

It's just dumb luck that these dogs didn't attack a person. Kind of a miracle, actually

Unless this guy raises pit bulls, he should be made to give up the privilege of owning another dog capable of inflicting harm on another person

The local police should have been called, and some attempt made to warn the neighborhood.

I own a great dane, and it's irresponsible to create a situation in which they could get out, much less to do so as a pack.

Posted by: NYerInBalto | December 24, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Pit Bull dogs and Pitt bull type dogs are very good animals they get their reputation and bad name because of very very bad owners who abuse and hurt them. Any and all dogs will bite not just a Pitt bull. But because of the dogs very natural nature to please its owner it alpha it is one of the easiest to teach to fight. They have in their nature the desire to please and protect but also they love attention. So those who abuse them have ready made host for their sick ideals. One must think about this a dogs reflects its owners nature if you have a dangerous dogs around you may well have a dangerous owner.

Posted by: jamesbrownlord | December 24, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"I urge all pet owners to keep their pets on leashes and properly secure them from running loose and becoming a threat to public safety." -- Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold

The problem here is that merely owning an animal does not make it a pet. Pets are loved and cared for. Animals that are loved and cared for don't attack. Even pet Pit Bulls don't attack. Mistreated animals attack. And what amazes me is how many people believe the many versions of, "It just attacked." Are people out there expecting the owners of violent dogs to say, "Well, I've been training it to get the sketchy mail man. He really creeps me out."?

Posted by: Kdarienzo | December 24, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

When a German Shepherd tried to attack my sheepfold in the dead cold winter night of Jan 05, my small Border Collie Peach was on "duty." She was a fourth of that raiding Shepherd but went out and defended her "troop" of 250 gestating Ewes who were exposed to this marauding dog's lethal fangs. She fought valiantly but our other dogs who were locked up could tell she was going to succumb. Sunny, a big Border- Bernese mix, ripped apart the metal wiring on the enclosure and jumped out ripping open his leg on the jagged wire to run to Peach's rescue and stave off the intruder. Peach faded just as Sunny arrived to the fight. By this time, my husband had awakened, put on his boots, and ran in the icy darkness to protect our sheep and dogs. He had no weapon but grabbed a log and smashed the intruder's head.
We lost Peach a few hours later. My 2 sons said goodbye to her and she died afterward wrapped in a blanket then we buried her. She gave her life for her duty. She was a true sheep dog, Sunny survived to bark about it to his friends. No dog has the right to attack helpless animals. Once they do, they never stop.

Posted by: jadeinsf | December 24, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

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