November 28, 2021


We know our pets

Farm pet dogs becoming taken from Utah ranches, grazing land by misguided dog-nappers

Lane Jensen’s pet dog watches the sheep. (John Wilson, KSL-Tv set)

ELWOOD, Box Elder County — Officials with the Utah Section of Agriculture of Foodstuff said they want to unfold the term to folks — quit getting farm canines off of ranches and grazing places.

So far, in 2021, there have been 11 incidents of pet dogs staying taken.

KSL-Television spoke to a person rancher who understands it is likely people wanting to help, but at the exact time, feels enough is enough.

It really is nonetheless rather quiet in Box Elder County, just outside the house of Elwood, but it’s not as peaceful as Lane Jensen remembers rising up there.

“It is modifying,” he mentioned. “This 12 months especially, there has been some large impacts.”

It can be not so significantly the new housing developments in the location that trouble ranchers like him, even although there are a lot of new households in this component of the county.

Jensen is additional worried about folks using his pet dogs.

Due to the fact he’s a sheep rancher, Jensen relies on puppies to enable preserve the flocks protected.

“We have experienced three incidents where by we have experienced puppies taken from us,” he claimed though on his ranch. “We’ve gotten two of them back again and that was following we begun micro-chipping them.”

In most cases, the doggy-nappers are most likely individuals who really don’t realize the puppies usually are not misplaced or deserted.

They’re really working canines who stay with the flocks of sheep to guard them in distant regions from predators, this kind of as mountain lions or coyotes.

“I started using puppies back in 2000 and it is really designed a large big difference. Our losses went down drastically to predators,” explained Jensen.

Princess is one of Jensen’s operate dogs. Looking at her large white and fluffy human body, you can understand why another person who sees her in the mountains could possibly think she’s dropped, even with sheep nearby she and other dogs are protecting.

“They like the sheep and they want to keep with the sheep,” stated Jensen. “But, if somebody is heading to supply them a sandwich, they’re not going to change it down, possibly.”

Two of Jensen’s canines finished up at shelters. Just one of them was all the way in Montana.

“They experienced scanned the microchip and which is where by our dog was,” mentioned Jensen.

Lane Jensen uses this dog tag to tell passerby's that his dogs are protecting his sheep.
Lane Jensen uses this pet tag to inform passerby’s that his canine are defending his sheep. (Photograph: John Wilson, KSL-Tv set)

That’s why Jensen now puts a tag on all his canine, which reads, “I belong with sheep.”

So significantly this year, officials with the Utah Section of Agriculture reported 11 of these types of working canines have been taken from ranchers.

“I believe in typical, people today want to feel they’re undertaking aid,” explained Jensen. “However, I would counsel, if they see a puppy they consider is missing or deserted, they get the information and facts on in which they are and what the pet appears to be like and contact regulation enforcement.”

As much more men and women transfer to the place who maybe you should not have an understanding of what performing puppies do or glance like, Jensen understands they may well just be seeking to assistance.

On the other hand, he also hopes they consider the time to discover.

“It can be our livelihood. It is our family’s livelihood. It is really our kid’s future,” he reported. “It really is not just something we abuse and we are trying to choose edge of.”


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