When Stacy Simmons checked the chicken coop in her Lady's Island backyard a week ago, she found two animals dead and two more that did not belong.
A pair of black dogs, the apparent killers, ran away when they saw Simmons at about 7:30 a.m. Nov. 5, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report. The dogs carried one of the dead birds into the woods and left the other behind on Token Lane, according to the report and Simmons, 32.
She told law enforcement and neighbors about the incident and tried to show deputies where the dogs went, but they could not track down an owner, according to the report.
The next day, the dogs struck again.
Neighbor Mamie Green of Sams Point Road said a pair of black Labs killed four of her cats overnight and returned to her open yard Thursday while she was waiting for a deputy to arrive.
Green said that although her cats lived outdoors, keeping her yard free of vermin, they were still her pets.
She called all the cats "Eddie" and fed them breakfast. In turn, they kept her company and didn't harass her two outdoor dogs, which are confined to a runner.
At first, Green, 57, thought the strange dogs had killed only one cat, a recent mother, but she found others after the deputy left.
"I'm burying this one; I look around and there's another one," Green said. "But they didn't get the kittens. They hid themselves real well."
Green said the Sheriff's Office has done what it can, and the owners will have to take responsibility.
"(The officer) tried, but he couldn't go to every house on Sams Point," Green said. "I just want these dogs to behave themselves, which they're not going to do."
Anyone with information about the incidents can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).
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