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(KUTV) -- West Valley City reports the German Shepherd dog that killed numerous animals at Roots Charter High School was shot and killed Thursday by an animal services employee.
The dog posed a threat to children and other livestock in the community, a press release stated.
The students at the charter school had taken out loans with the help of the Department of Agriculture to buy their own livestock, raise it and sell it at auction. However, the German Shepherd mix killed several animals on the farm.
The students reported losing at least two goats, two sheep and several chickens. Also, two baby alpacas were killed. It’s estimated that the losses totaled more than $7,000. Regardless of the losses, the students still have to repay their loans.
Animal control told 2News in an August 14th report that it employees had attempted at least 20 times to catch the dog, but they couldn't get hold of it. Part of the problem catching the canine was that neighbors in the area liked the dog and some residents were allegedly protecting it, police told 2News two months ago.
The animal services employee that shot the dog is a former police officer of 20 years. A press release said this employee located the dog from tracking livestock in a sheep pasture.
Once the dog was confirmed as the same one that has been killing livestock from prior incidents, the employee determined a safe area to engage the dog and took action by shooting the animal. The press release stated:
This was carried out safely and humanely. West Valley City operates one of the first no-kill shelters in the state. Initial efforts to avoid lethal measures and capture the dog were unsuccessful and the dog became increasingly aggressive.
The city said the situation had escalated over past few weeks, which influenced the decision to neutralize the threat as soon as possible.