Today, Sunday, May 25th, for the third time in less than two weeks I have come to the aid of the sheep currently housed at the Jacksboro FFA barn. The first time one of the older lambs was entangled in twine, unable to move around freely and struggling to free itself. The second time four lambs had escaped from their enclosure through a hole in the fence. Now, the third time, one of the four dogs currently being “boarded” at the FFA barn escaped and mauled a sheep. It is unknown how long the dog had been with the sheep before I happened to notice it, however it was long enough for it to tear piles of wool from the sheep’s hide and gnaw into its legs and backside (refer to attached pictures). This animal could not stand and was writhing in agony when I found it.
I captured the dog and returned the animal back to its six foot by twelve foot enclosure where it has been housed for about the last year. I returned home and Kevin Thomas was informed of the incident at approximately 5 p.m. A person arrived just after 5:30 p.m. to handle the situation, staying approximately 10 minutes. Alas nothing was done; the sheep was simply moved (refer to the attached pictures). Nothing was done to help the sheep, be that veterinary attention or euthanasia. Not being a lawyer, I cannot say if this legally constitutes animal cruelty but as a layperson I would say such lack of action constitutes animal cruelty and neglect.
In addition, the conditions in which the dogs are boarded at the FFA barn are deplorable. Once again, legally speaking, the dogs do have water; I cannot speak to their feeding schedule. Their enclosures are carpeted with feces.
Included in the attached pictures is a picture of what looks to be a pile of wool. That pile of wool is the remains of a lamb. Whether the lamb was stillborn and thrown there by a person or it wandered off and died there I do not know. However, I do know that a lamb carcass has been lying in the barn long enough to almost completely decompose. The FFA should not allow animals to live in such conditions, or be left to die in agony. Something needs to be done about the condition of this FFA barn. This is not the facility of a program that makes a positive difference in the lives of students or prepares students for a lifetime of informed choices. Surely such a program could not produce any premier leaders.