June 30, 2016

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More than a dozen chickens killed in Sullivan Twp.

SULLIVAN TWP. — An Ashland County woman discovered more than a dozen of her organic free-range chickens killed Sunday — possibly from a dog attacking the flock.

Vicki Clevenger Grace said she was looking out her kitchen window Sunday morning before noon and noticed one hen lying on the ground motionless. She walked down to the area to investigate and found 13 free-range, adult chickens dead and five missing. Only four chickens were spared.

“I just saw them laying everywhere and the feathers all over the place,” Grace said. “It was pretty bad.”

Grace said she saw a large, white German shepherd on her property about the time she discovered the dead chickens.

“Most of them died from fear, some had their feathers torn and two had puncture wounds,” said Grace, who owns three acres of land on Township Road 462.

The chickens were pets, said Grace, who noted she also sold eggs.

“They’re great pets, and all have their own personalities,” she added.

Grace said she called the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office to report the incident but was referred to the county dog warden, who couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

Contact reporter Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.