Where I own a home (rural Alabama), the sheriff won't even respond to a stray report, even if it isn't bothering livestock. When i called about a chow that was living in the woods behind my property, the sheriff told me to shoot it before it went after my animals (at the time we had a cow, 3 week old calf, 6 pigs, 70+ chickens, 5 goats, and 5 horses on the property). It scared the horses out of the fence one night, and I suspect my tenant took care of it the next day, because I never saw it again. (The horses were his.). When coyotes were close by, my son would sleep in his truck near the barn with a gun ready, fortunately, we never had to shoot any.
The common sentiment in livestock heavy areas is "S,S,S"...shoot, shovel, shut up...for dogs on someone else's property.
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