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Animals on roads

Posted Wednesday, August 5, 2009, at 2:29 PM

How often do you have to slow down to a crawl for safety reasons or come to a complete stop for farm animals in the road?

I had to stop twice recently, once for a horse and again for three cows, and this was in the city limits of Shelbyville.

Is there a specific area where you often see animals in the roadway?

While it wasn't a laughing matter I had to chuckle recently when a deputy was dispatched to get cattle off the road. He told the dispatcher he would get to that call as soon "as I can get these goats out of the road."

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Dogs within the Wartrace city limit and especially those in front of the mechanic shop next to the turn off to the convenience center. They are constantly in the road (West Blackman Blvd.) and they are such big dogs that they could do some damage to a person's car if hit. We definitely need a leash law and have it enforced in that area.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 2:55 PM

You can't ever get people to do the right thing when it comes to their pets. They can find the money to buy cigarettes, beer, alcohol, and junk food but can't ever seem to "find the money" for getting their animals spayed and neutered. It's bliss!

-- Posted by welkindance on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 3:56 PM

Farm animals often get out in our area. When we know who's they are, we try to herd them back in to a safe spot. Curves on our roads can often make this unsafe since many of us go much faster than the State speed limit for side roads.

Asking a Deputy to do this is often our only recourse but it seems they are trained for more important matters. Maybe we could find someone else?

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 4:18 PM

Oh wow, i have had my car challanged from a horny bull looking for love across the highway.

I have been challanged by skunks and other critters too.

When we drive at night my son and i always pray for the animals on the roads to keep them safe and keep them off the highways.

Some people will not stop and will hit them for the heck of it.

I had a owl hit my windsheil one night coming home from Flat Creek. He was just stunned but it shook me up quite a wee bit too.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 5:05 PM


We have had cattle and horses jump our fence and get into our back yard. The cattle jumped out again (with minor damage to the fence) and ran off into our woods. The horses we corralled and returned to the owner, as we knew to whom they belonged.

The huge black, horned bull that appeared frequently, at dusk in our front yard to graze was removed by the police. When I called to ask who should be notified for assistance - as I am no toreador. I was told to call the non-emergency police number. When we got the bull cornered and were waiting for his owner to arrive, the police told me they had to do this all too often. This problem apparently doesn't fall into Animal Control's scope, if the incident is after their working hours.

-- Posted by amalphia on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 7:01 PM

I'm sure all by now most everyone has seen that video from Israel of the car-horse collision. It is amazing that it wasn't worse.

-- Posted by Tyger on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 9:47 PM

I was in a situation last week where we had to wait for an entire herd of cattle to cross the road.

Of course, that was in Kenya. :)

-- Posted by Jicarney on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 7:54 AM

I live in the Halls Mill area, so animals in the road are an almost daily occurence. Everything from deer to dogs. I did hit a deer 3 years ago, resulting in about $3,000.00 worth of damage to my truck. The deer didn't make it.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 3:13 PM

Saw the most beautiful turkey the other day, wanderin' around just takin' in the scenery. Farm animals are sometimes in my yard, driveway or wandering up and down the road in front of the house. When you live in a rural community it goes with the territory. We deal with it in the most common sense way and try to see that all is safe. Isn't that what community is about? It never occurred to me to get the sheriff involved. . .we just go telephone the neighbors.

-- Posted by ridgeroamer on Fri, Aug 7, 2009, at 4:34 AM

We call the Sheriff when none of our neighbors claim the cattle, and we can't stick around to herd them or they are in a dangerous curve area.

When we found a deer that had been hurt and could not jump the fence, we ended up calling the Sheriff because the State told us they would not respond.

If I tried to capture it, I probably would have ended up worse than the deer. If I ended its' pain and terror by shooting it, I would be at fault for hunting out of season and without a license.

I never knew what happened to the deer since I had to be in Murfreesboro, but it was gone when I came back. Once again, it was on a curve and we were concerned that it might cause an accident. Who else do you call for help in the County?

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Aug 7, 2009, at 10:16 AM

We were driving through southern Georgia in late April on our way to Daytona Beach. We were near Waycross, but the area we were in was rather rural. All at once we came up on 8 or 10 calves in the road. It was a divided highway with a median. Most of the calves were in the median. There was no other vehicle around. There didn't seem to be a house right there either.

We came upon a very small town & saw a store. It may have been a Family Dollar Store. Anyway, we saw a gentleman going into the store & told him what we saw. He was from Atlanta & was just working in the area. A lady came out of the store & said she knew exactly whose calves they were & went to call him right then.

We could have had veal for dinner.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Fri, Aug 7, 2009, at 10:33 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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