Keep Our Animals Safe

On September 15, 2015,  we were warned by an animal control officer that although we have broken no laws and are not in violation of any codes or ordinances, one of our neighbors  has threatened to shoot our dogs.   We have 4 Maremma sheepdogs who have the job of keeping our sheep, goats, and chickens safe. In fact, we are required by the state to have such  protections in place for livestock. They work on instinct, and that instinct is to patrol and chase. Unfortunately, every method of containing them to the pasture has failed, because they are determined to do their jobs and chase away threats to their flock.  They end up crossing through neighboring properties while chasing off coyotes, foxes, and other wild animals, and this is where the situation has become dire. 
We need our dogs to protect our flock. More than that, we love our dogs. They are outgoing, friendly, sweet animals, and they love people. Sadly, because they are large and they like to bark, not everyone reacts positively towards them.
In one direction there is a neighbor who has outright stated he will kill them next time he sees them.  On the other side, another neighbor who admitted he hates dogs, and  regularly shoots into the woods very close to our pasture.  As you imagine, we feel very unsafe.
We need help.  We need a good, strong fence that will keep predators out, and our dogs in. Welded wire has failed. Chain link has failed. Radio shock collars have failed. Our only option is a much more expensive, privacy style "wall" fence. 
We can no longer "make do" with our current fencing, and  we are running out of time. At any moment any of our dogs could come to harm. 
Our goal is to raise enough money to "wall in" the entire property in a way that the dogs can't compromise. It's a large goal, because this type of fencing tends to be prohibitively expensive. 
Every bit that we raise will go towards securing a safe environment for our animals.


Amy Karasz
Palmyra, VA

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