Generic photo of cattle, not of the abandoned cattle in Cleburne County.
ALEXANDER, Ark. (KTHV) - Police say a pack of dogs are running amuck in Saline County, causing problems with one local farmer.
According to the Saline County Sheriff's Office, one farmer filed a report that he has had multiple cattle attacked and killed in the past week.
Rancher Phil Wyrick said Wednesday morning he found 14 dogs pinning one of his cows to the ground. The cow did not survive.
"Cattle trying to flee the danger they go into water. They start swimming. Well the dogs go after them," Wyrick said.
In the last three or four months, he has seen these dogs roam the area in packs.
"The result is that I've got one confirmed dead and seven missing, I don't know if they're dead. We haven't found the carcasses yet. I don't know," Wyrick added.
Chris Waller and his buddy Bradley Stillman are on spring break and were fishing on a pond in that area Tuesday and Wednesday.
"There was a pack of six golden retrievers...they came right across this hill over here and went into the woods over here behind this house," Stillman explained.
"[The dogs] were just many different colors, brown, gold," Waller added.
The two guys didn't fear the pack because of the distance between them and the dogs.
"There was a few of them that seemed kind of aggressive. They growled at us. But for the most part they seem to be trained," Stillman said.
Currently, deputies have few options in dealing with vicious animals.
Lt. Don Birdsong with the Saline County Sheriff's Office says the county has not had an animal control officer, but that is about to change.
"And we do have a young man that's in our environmental office that's going to school right now to learn how to do this in a proper way," Lt. Birdsong said.
"I don't know if they would hurt somebody but they could. That is certainly a fear," added Wyrick.
Wyrick said these packs of dogs are mixed between large and smaller animals of mixed breeds, even rottweilers.
Lt. Birdsong said the new Animal Control Officer for Saline County will be trained and in place within a month.
Birdsong advises residents to take all precautions and adds that citizens do have the right to protect their property.
But if there is no immediate danger, they are urged to contact the Sheriff's Department and ask for the new Animal Control Officer.