Sarah Riggs of Iberia Parish claims New Iberia has a wild dog problem. More than 10 of her daughter’s animals were killed by a pack of feral dogs including a cat, chickens and rabbits.
Riggs tells KATC, “More than three-quarters of them were dead, just all dead.” Riggs added: “The kid never cried and sobbed. It was really hard to see her so upset. The rabbits weren’t just show rabbits, they were her babies.”
Most of the attacks took place at night. The Riggs family erected a new fence in hopes of further protecting their animals, but they say it hasn’t helped.
One time they went under our house, they banged pipes, they took rabbits out of our backyard and killed two rabbits that way. The next time, they came at three in the morning and knocked down the fence. Killed about all my daughters show rabbits and chickens. “-Sarah Riggs at KATC
The members of the parish council are not immune to the attacks of these wild dogs either. Iberia Parish Councilor for District 7, Paul Landry, had the same problem. The city councilor, who lives near the Rigg family home, says the dogs also attacked chickens in his yard.
According to The devoted barn, an animal rescue and rehabilitation center, a wild dog is “a dog that has had no interaction with humans for most of its life, especially during the critical stages of puppy development.” The establishment explains that “one of the main characteristics of a wild dog is an extreme fear of humans. They are afraid of humans because they don’t understand what humans are.”
However, if you see a pack of stray dogs that you think are dangerous, call Iberia Parish Animal Control at (337) 364-6311.
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