A Northwest James Frank Avenue resident in Siletz asked the Lincoln County Commission Wednesday for $40 to compensate her for the loss of an egg laying chicken to an aggressive dog. Tamara Sibley said the dog attacked and killed her chicken. She swore under oath that she did not who owned the dog, nor where they could find it.
Under Oregon State law, county’s must establish a compensation fund to compensate folks who suffer losses of their livestock to mongrel dogs whose owners are unknown, if they have owners at all. In her application for compensation for her killed chicken she pointed out that she paid $2.50 for the chick, additionally for the food to raise it to adulthood. Sibley said when you add in the value of the bird’s eggs at around five a week, then arriving at a compensation of $40 is not unreasonable.
County Commissioners said that while they sympathize with Ms. Sibley’s loss of her chicken, $40 was a bit steep for the budget they have to work with. They said $15 is their limit and will convene in regular session next week and write Ms. Sibley a check for that amount.
We’re told that county commissions have a long history of compensating livestock owners for losses due to rogue dogs. The compensation fund is fed largely by revenue taken in for dog licenses.