18 sheep were killed Saturday after being attacked by 4 dogs. 2 owners of 3 of the dogs will be charged related to allowing a dog to run at large and the damage to the sheep.
On Saturday, November 10, 2012, Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of several dogs attacking sheep in the West Mountain area of Utah County. This area is west of Payson near the south end of Utah Lake.
When Deputies arrived the owner of the sheep and those who witnessed the attacks located 4 dogs in area. There were 17 dead sheep and at lease 6 others with varying degrees of injuries in the area. With help from the citizens Deputies were able to locate two nearby residents who owned 3 of the dogs. While witnesses saw one of the dogs with the sheeep that had been attacked, the other 2 dogs were not witnessed in the act of attacking the sheep. Deputies were unable to develop evidnce to prove these dogs were involved in the attacks. The owner of the other dog was told he would be charged in this case.
The next morning, November 11, a deputy responded to the same area after the owner of the sheep reported that the 2 dogs from the previous day that could not be positively connected to those attacks were again in the act of attacking his sheep. The owner said he shot one of the dogs and it ran off. The owner of the sheep followed a trail of blood from the injured dog to the home of the dog's owner. When a deputy arrived he followed the same trail of blood from the sheep to the same home where they spoke to the owner of those dogs the day before.
The owner of the sheep places the value of the dead and injured sheep at $11,500.00. The owners of the dogs will be charged with allowing dogs to run at large, allowing attacks by dogs, and maintaining a public nuisance. These charges are misdemeanors, punishable by up to 6 months in jail and/or up to a $1,000.00 fine. Charged in this case are Lloyd Leon Burch, age 56, West Mountain, owner of 1 of the dogs, and David G. Smith, age 53, West Mountain, owner of 2 of the dogs.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Utah County Sheriff's Office, Public Information Officer. (801)404-1912