Beaufort County Animal Control is setting traps for a pair of black Labrador retrievers that reportedly killed four cats and two chickens on Lady's Island last week.
An officer who went to Sams Point Road, where the cats were killed, couldn't find the dogs, county animal shelter director Tallulah Trice said. However, the officer was familiar with the route the dogs took through the woods to Sams Point Road on Nov. 6 and Token Lane, where they reportedly killed two chickens Nov. 5, Trice said.
A Beaufort County Sheriff's Office deputy could not find the dogs or their owners and closed the case, Sgt. Robin McIntosh said.
Any residents in the area who see a suspicious animal should contact Animal Control and the Sheriff's Office, she said.
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Residents may not shoot dogs that simply go on their property, McIntosh said. However, if a person is being attacked, they may use "reasonable force" to defend themselves.
The law does not explicitly say what measures residents can take to defend their animals against an attacking dog, and the Sheriff's Office urges residents to try contacting law enforcement or Animal Control before taking matters into their own hands.
McIntosh added that people may face civil liabilities even if no criminal charges are filed.
"That being said, of course we understand and recognize people’s need and desire to protect their pets and animals, so we encourage people to use their best judgment when making a decision to repel an attacking dog," McIntosh said.