(UNEDITED) I was raised with multiple animals in Ogden City which always included at least one dog. The dog was a life essential and part of our family. I am sure that the neighbors had issues from with one or more of the dogs from time to time but as good neighbors do, they helped return the occasional escapee back to our home. As with all animals, we mourned the loss of our dogs when their death occurred usually from old age.
This preface is to set the stage for the outrage, disgust and deep sorrow that I feel as a grandmother on behalf of my daughter, son-in-law and three animal loving grandchildren who reside in Hooper. Their dog, a beautiful, friendly, adventuresome husky, dug under a fully fenced yard, wandered down the street to explore, discover and play. Instead she found a heartless man who took the opportunity to shoot her with a high powered rifle causing her death. This took place in a neighborhood, not isolated acreage.
Now, I know that he had chickens and she was chasing them, but this is not a vicious animal that was attacking, barking or snarling. I also know about chickens being considered livestock in Utah. I also know the property owner could call animal control, the police or he could have chased her from the property. Perhaps we should review the "livestock" ordinance in regard to family pets. Rural Utah and Hooper are much more highly populated these days and I believe it is very risky to have a trigger happy neighbor shooting a high powered rifle in a densely developed area that contains young children not to mention his violent response in killing animals.
We all try to follow the law, but when does human discretion and decency enter into our decisions?