I found the begining of your last post a little disturbing. Didn't the neighbours who gave you the baby goat originally want to bump him on the head? Now they want to get rid of your JRT? I can't help but think these people seem rather fixated with the intent of killing animals. If I were you I would be very leary of these so called neighbours.
I wouldnt put the JRT to sleep but I would defiantlly NEVER let him around other animals. I personally couldnt keep a dog that couldnt be around live stock because it would be to much trouble and not worth it because theres plenty out there without the prey drive.I love my farm animals to much to not have any due to a unruly dog in the mix. But you had the JRT 1st and he should be your priority and you must make sure hes in an enviroment where he wont hurt other peoples animals and as long as you can do that then I dont see where putting him to sleep would be a fair thing. Hes just doing what a prey driven dog does.
My Aunt had a golden that killed my sons beagle puppy that we left unattended in a cardboard box for just afew seconds and I felt so gulity for the puppy dieing. I still cant look at the golden with out resentment but it was my fault too. I just never thought it would kill a innocent infant puppy like that.So i know how terrible you must feel. But look on the bright side..now your more the wiser and know better. Hard lesson learned eh. But my sympathies because I've been there.
* And if that golden was mine I would have kicked the *hit out of it and sent it packing because I was that inraged at it at the time. now looking back I know it was my fault for trusting a dog. We forget that dogs are not human at times.
***Edited By: duchess on 6/2/2006 10:43:02 AM*** Reason: add
Regarding putting your dog down, Personally, I don't see the point of having a dog that doesn't get along well with other dogs or the environment that it lives in. Based on my situation and family, I could never have a dog that was dog aggressive or had a high prey drive and gives in to it. (I say that because huskies have an extremely high prey drive, yet the one I have doesn't react to small animals and cats. )
However, you have to make a decisioin based on your situation. Is it likely that your dog will come in contact with other dogs, hence causing a problem? Is it likely that you dog will come across more farm animals with the same result?
I wish you luck with your decision...but personally, I'm not a fan of aggressive dogs of any sort. We have to many dogs and cats and children where I live...I could never have a dog that was like that.
Irishgirl, I do agree with you 100%. These neighbours are very rough around the edges esp. the husband; I do find him disturbing. He has freely admitted to having killed a few of his own maremma sheepdogs, he seems to have very little tolerance or should I say NO tolerance towards animals; he also uses profanities to reprimand his own kids!!! He used aggressive methods to make his dogs aggressive which I deeply resent. Apparently other people have sent the RPSCA over to his place but there is little that can be done. After the tragic event I had to go back there to pick something up and he had the garden pick and said that he would use that on the jack russell...both he and his wife seem to think that once a dog has killed it will go back for more, I think that a high prey drive is bred into certain breeds of dogs and its a case of being wary as I should have been. How could I have been so bloody stupid?! 20 seconds was all it took. I can keep Hunter without any further cause for concern; livestock around here constitutes of cattle and horses and I have trained him to ignore them besides wh ich he is not allowed to wander and happens to be outside under strick supervision. I really am wanting another goat but I have learned a bitter lesson, a lesson that shouldn't have been necessary.