in Waddy, Kentucky - By A Dog?
December 13, 2012, The Sentinel-News,
Shelbyville and Shelby County, Kentucky.
Waddy, Kentucky (red marker) is an unincorporated community within
Shelby County 41 miles east of Louisville in north central Kentucky.
On Monday evening, December 17, 2012, some hundred Waddy residents attended a meeting organized by the Waddy Magistrate Tony Carriss to talk about the vicious attacks. Some argued the attacker had to be a large dog - perhaps even a hybridized wolf and dog mix. In the past, a couple of hybrids had been produced in the region but later put to death, according to local residents.
Monday evening, December 17, 2012, Waddy Town Meeting
at Waddy Ruritan Club on King's Highway. Some one hundred residents
attended the meeting organized by Waddy Magistrate Tony Cariss to discuss
“the attacks that have left livestock mutilated” between November 28
and December 5, 2012. Imager © 2012 by LEX18.com.
After the meeting on December 18, I talked with 50-year-old Teresa Parker about the mutilation of her five female goats that she raised, called “her girls,” and loved them as part of her family with her husband, Dale. The damage to each was so great that she called her veterinarian to “put them down” out of their misery. So those five goats were put to sleep on November 30th. The other three calves and one other goat survived their attacks.
Interview:Teresa Parker, 50, resident on Ditto Road, Waddy, Kentucky: “At the December 17th meeting people said since the attacks stopped after December 5th, that leads to the belief that the attacker was someone's dog. But nobody has seen the attacker enough to identify it. There have been reports of a large black hairy thing.
WHO WAS FIRST?
Mr. Cox, he had two bull calves attacked on November 28-29, and then his daughter's goat was attacked on December 3-4.
WHAT DID HE SAY HAD BEEN TAKEN?
The bull calve’s faces were chewed up pretty good and their ears. The goat's ears were ripped off, but the attacker only got part of that goat's face. He had three donkeys in the pen with the goat, so they assume maybe the attacker got scared off by the donkeys. And as of last night (Dec. 17 meeting) his animals had survived.
ALL OF THEM HAD SURVIVED? THE BULL CALVES AND THE GOAT?
Yes. And there was also an attack on December 5th at Hickory Ridge Road less than a mile from Mr. Cox. It was another calf attacked on the face in the same way that Mr. Cox's calves were attacked. I don't know if that calf was destroyed or not, but to my knowledge my girls (5 goats) were the only ones that had to be put down.
SO WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ATTACKS IN ALL FOUR CASES LEFT THE ANIMALS ATTACKED ALIVE?
November 30, 2012: Attack
On Teresa Parker's 5 Goats
On Teresa Parker's 5 Goats
200 feet from her house, Teresa Parker's wire pen is attached to barn where
her five female goats she called the “girls” were housed. The only entrance
to pen and barn is the wooden gate that was locked on November 30, 2012,
when all five goats were attacked by something that “tore off” their faces,
ears and tongues. Image © 2012 by Teresa Parker.
HOW OLD WERE THEY?
Molly was born on March 6, 2007, she was my first one. In the summertime, I'd yell out the window, ‘Molly!’ and she would ‘baa’ back to me.
Molly, 5-years-old, one of the five female goats that Teresa Parker
called her “girls,” that were attacked on November 30, 2012,
inside their locked pen and barn on Ditto Road, a rural farm
area in Waddy, Kentucky. Image © 2012 by Teresa Parker.
Nana, 5-years-old. Image © 2012 by Teresa Parker.
Lucy, twin with Katie, near 5-years-old.
Image © 2012 by Teresa Parker.
Katie. Image © 2012 by Teresa Parker.
Bella, the youngest goat owned by Teresa Parker
on Ditto Road, Waddy, Kentucky. Image © 2012 by Teresa Parker.
So I ran downstairs and when I got halfway up the hill to their pen, I noticed all five of them were covered in blood. At that point I started screaming and I called my husband on my cell and told him, ‘You need to get home immediately! Something’s happened to the girls.’
I got to their pen and saw that their faces were just a bloody mess. I mean they were just covered in blood. All of the girls were primarily white, Molly was solid white, and when I say there were covered in blood, they were covered in blood. So I’m screaming and opened the gate and ran over to them. I went to Molly first and her face from her eyes down was basically just gone.
The skin had been ripped off. There was bone and teeth sticking out, her tongue was gone, her ears were gone. Her face was just ripped off. I mean, she still had her eyes. My neighbor heard me screaming and he came driving up our driveway to the fence and said, “Oh, my God, what happened?!” I told him I did not know, but I had to put them down. I didn’t have a choice. They were all just destroyed.
One of Katie’s eyes was even punctured and then from their eyes down to their snoots it was all the same on all five. Their snoots had been ripped off, you could see their teeth, bones, nasal cavities. Their tongues and ears were gone.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR EARS?
Like they had been ripped off, that’s the best description I have.
YOU’RE LOOKING AT JAGGED HIDE WHERE THE EARS HAD BEEN?
HAD been, yeah.
WERE THE ANIMALS TRYING TO MAKE ANY SOUND WHEN THEY SAW YOU?
Yes, they couldn’t. They were kind of a groan. When I got to Molly I took her her horn in my hand and turned her face so that I could look at her and so that she could see me. She just made a kind of “uhhh” sound. I mean, they couldn’t vocalize. That’s one thing, they were very vocal, they were extremely vocal.
NO SOUND BECAUSE THEIR TONGUES WERE REMOVED?
Yes, and their nasal cavities were exposed.
SO YOU ARE LOOKING AT BONE FROM THE EYES DOWN HOW FAR?
Well, their lips were pulled off, their tongues were ripped off, the sides of their faces were gone. You have hanging flesh in some areas.
DID IT GO DOWN INTO THE NECK?
No ma’am. There was no damage on any of the girls from the ears back. There were no marks on their udders, stomachs, backs, tails, or legs. No marks other than their face from the ears forward.
What Got Into Teresa Parker's Locked PenHOW WOULD ANYTHING HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET TO THEM?
without Leaving Tracks?
without Leaving Tracks?
We don’t know. I walked the fence, the veterinarian walked the fence, my husband walked the fence, one of our friends from where I used to work with my husband who hunts here walked the fence. There were no marks indicating that anything went under the fence, anywhere. We walked every inch of that fence.
THE ONLY PLACE THAT SOMETHING COULD’VE ENTERED WAS AT THE GATE?
Over the gate, not through the gate because the gate was secure when I went up there Friday to see what was going on.
HOW HIGH WAS THE GATE?
I’m 5' 5" and the gate is chest high.
SO IT’S BETWEEN 4-5 FEET HIGH TO THE TOP OF THE GATE.
IF THERE WERE NO TRACKS IN YOUR PEN, DOESN’T THAT ELIMINATE THE PRESENCE OF A DOG?
There should’ve been tracks. The ground was dry, but we looked and could not see any tracks.
WAS THERE ANY SIGNS OF STRUGGLE FROM THE FIVE GOATS?
Well, in the barn there is a blood spatter on one of the walls.
This blood-spattered barn wall attached to locked goat pen where Teresa Parker's
five goats were all viciously attacked on their heads, November 30, 2012, on Ditto Road,
in Waddy, Kentucky. Image © 2012 by Lisa King, Sentinel-News.