A Utah dog owner is facing legal problems after her Husky allegedly went on a killing spree that left dozens of animals dead.
A dog owner is facing legal problems after her Husky allegedly went on a killing spree last week that left nearly 30 animals to death in Utah near.
The 4-year-old dog with the name Nikita was captured on surveillance video in the early hours of Memorial Day at the home of the Journey Kiss in Toole, Utah, where he runs a petting zoo with his wife for children with disabilities, FOX 13 reported.
Kiss said the images showed the dog running around his yard with two rabbits in her mouth.
“He was chewing our goose that was on the back, he dug out the rabbits in their enclosure,” Kiss told the station.
In addition to the rabbits, and the goose, Kiss said Nikita killed, five chickens and a turkey.
Kiss called the police after he spotted the husky in his neighborhood with a chicken still alive in her mouth.
After the police arrived, they discovered the dog also killed 15 other homeowner’s chickens, the station reported.
“A second lady from a couple houses down came and told the agents that 15 of her chickens had also been killed by the same animal,” Tooele Police Sergeant Jeremy Hansen told the station. “There was 12 on the first residency, 15 chickens on the second stay for a total of 27.”
The husky was captured and taken to a local shelter, to the station.
Mackenzie Morton, the dog’s owner, said Nikita was gone, and said she found a number of dead chickens in a neighbor’s yard while they searched for the dog, she told the station. They said that they do not want to wake up the neighbors, so she left her door open in the hope that Nikita would return.
“I didn’t know that she is going to go on a killing spree,” said Morton. “I didn’t know that at all.”
The husky is currently in quarantine for 10 days, for a hearing with the chief of police will take place to determine the dog’s fate.
Hansen said the dog could be returned to Morton with limitations considered as potentially hazardous. He noted that Nikita can also be given to an animal rescue or euthanized if determined hazardous, the station reported.
Morton was slapped with five misdemeanor charges of animal biting other animals and a count of the animals to run at large, according to the Sacramento Bee. The owner said that they plan to pay for the damages, which the authorities estimate that more than $1,350.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.