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'Baby Girl' disappears

Friday, January 11, 2013

'Baby Girl' feeds near Unionville last summer. The crippled deer hasn't been seen since Tuesday and is feared to have been fatally attacked by a roaming dog.
(Photo by Dale Clark)
A crippled deer who has been a beloved visitor in a Unionville subdivision for at least the past couple of years has disappeared.

And one resident who has kept an eye on the doe he calls "Baby Girl" fears the worst.

"She was being chased by a very bright, white dog similar to a pit bull," Dale Clark said.

"There was a big circle of buzzards near my property following this incident."

"Baby Girl" will be missed, Clark said.

"This deer is special to us as she comes by on a regular basis to feed and enjoy our almost 6 acres."

Chase was on

The last time Clark saw "Baby Girl" Tuesday, the dog was approximately 100 feet behind her.

"She was trying to run," Clark said.

"She can't run very well and when she runs she almost falls over forward on her face. It's hard to describe how she runs but she had a bad back problem. When she runs her gait is so bad that her hind quarters almost hit her head occasionally."

Clark, who says "Baby Girl" had been a regular visitor since he moved into the subdivision two years ago, notified Bedford County Animal Control about the dog.

"I drove around the subdivision and found many large dogs running loose," Clark said.

Dog's owner ID'd

A BCAC worker found the residence of the dog's owner and left a note on the door, director Chris Tucker said Thursday.

"If it happens again I will start to look at issuing them a warning or a ticket," Tucker said.

"The dog's wandering loose, not restrained, but belongs to someone in the neighborhood," Clark said. "It has some tan markings, a muscular breed, I think it's a pit bull but I can't tell for sure since I haven't seen its face.

"It makes a nuisance of itself a couple of times a week," Clark said. "It goes on my front porch and then the other porches in the neighborhood. It just goes around making the rounds looking for food.

"I've talked to farmers out here and they've said their cattle are harassed by dogs quite often. One I talked to said his solution is to shoot them which is his right, I understand."

Teaching process

Tucker feels "educating" owners of problem dogs is the first step.

"We try to find the owner and talk to them to see that they know what the situation is," Tucker said. "A lot of the time people calling it in will get the information for me.

"Some people honestly don't know things -- are neglectful, I guess -- and they don't make attempts. I just try to educate people and they don't know it's the law," she said.

Tucker says she offers suggestions to owners of problem pets on types of help available.

"I just try to help if they have any questions. It really surprises me how many people don't think and don't know."