Dog Killed on Mesa Lane by Ridgebacks
By an edhat reader
A small dog was killed off Mesa Lane by a pack of off-leash ridgeback dogs where the owner was unable to control them.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are hunting dogs with a strong will that require consistent training and socialization, especially since they can become protective of their owner. They are not a good choice for inexperienced owners, especially ones who do not train their dogs.
A notice was posted on Nextdoor with a neighbor confirming the small dog had passed away after an unprovoked attack by four adult ridgebacks who the owner had no control over. The small dog was grabbed by the neck.
Animal Control and SB Police were called to the incident where a report was filed.
Other neighbors confirmed these same dogs have gotten into fights with other dogs on the beach and the Douglas Preserve.
If you are in the area and see this pack of dogs, please be safe and steer clear or pick up your smaller dog. It's always a good idea to carry pepper spray in case a dog fight needs to be broken up.