Dog blamed for killing charter school animals shot, killed by animal control

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WEST VALLEY CITY (News4Utah)- For the last few months a stray dog has been terrorizing the farm animals at Roots Charter High School in West Valley City, but Thursday morning an animal control employee ended all of that.

The institution is the first farm-based Charter High School in the state of Utah. As part of the agricultural program, the livestock animals are owned by students. They feed and raise the animals through student loans.

Over the last few months, animal services have been tracking a German Shepherd mix dog believed to be attacking and killing the student’s animals. Thursday morning, an animal services employee, a former 20-year police officer, found the dog tracking sheep in a pasture.

“The employee determined that this agricultural area was a safe place to engage the dog and took action shooting the dog.  This was carried out safely and humanely,” a press release from West Valley City said.

City officials say they first attempted to capture the dog without killing it, but those attempts were unsuccessful and the dog became increasingly aggressive.

“As this situation escalated over the past few weeks, it became clear that this threat needed to be neutralized as quickly as possible,” city officials said.

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