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What rights you have as a property owner in the case of an animal attack

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is informing the community of the rights they have as property owners following the deadly attack at the Licon Dairy Farm.

Earlier this week, a German Shepard and a Pitbull mix attacked several petting zoo animals, killing 11 and injuring two others.

A woman in Canutillo had a similar experience when two dogs attacked her dog in her own yard. Jackie Lundby said she is scared in her own home after these two dogs repeatedly entered her yard and once even went inside her home.

"They followed me into my house the first time they tried to attack my dogs. I heard the dogs barking and I went running out," she said. "I screamed and both of my dogs came in the house and I was running right behind them and the dogs followed me into my house."

Recently these same dogs attacked her beloved dog Bella, leaving her with almost $4,000 in vet bills. She said she feels like she can't defend herself or her animals because she's worried she could get in trouble.

"Every property owner in the state of Texas has a right to defend their own property," said Ryan Urrutia from the El Paso County Sheriffs Office. "Of course, we want you to call us first, and hopefully we can intervene on your behalf that's what both the sheriff's office and surrounding law enforcement is here for. But in an instance like this, the property owner was in his right to protect his animals." 

If you ever find yourself in the same situation as Jackie Lundby or the Licon Dairy Farm, the El Paso County Sheriff's office says you have the right to defend your property and animals. However, they urge you to try to call 911 first. 

The farm manager from Lincon Dairy Farm said the 11th animal has died from its injuries. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident. As for Jackie Lundby, she says the only thing she can do is to sue. She's taking matters into her own hands and putting up extra fencing to try and protect herself and her animals. 


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