Four dogs thought to be the same ones that killed rabbits and chickens belonging to an elderly Lawrence couple in late November have been captured, Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson said today.
Anderson said the dogs recently were picked up along the bank of the Kansas River.
Anderson said three of the dogs were taken to the Lawrence Humane Society's animal shelter, 1805 E. 19th.
A fourth dog, which was captured separately, was destroyed after it escaped once from officers and continued to try to escape, Anderson said.
"It was not going to be corralled," he said.
Anderson said the dogs were living on the river near a makeshift shelter made by a homeless man.
"The best we can tell is they were the same ones theoretically involved in killing the chickens and the rabbits," Anderson said.
Walter Gibson, who lives with his wife, Della, just east of the city limits on 11th Street, said about five large dogs killed about 20 of his rabbits and about 25 chickens in late November. The dogs apparently also mauled his small rat terrier dog in early December, which was found alive, but injured, north of Gibson's home on East Eighth Street.
Gibson's home is about a half-mile south of the Kansas River.