Gabby Christoffel (57) from Flims GR will never forget this moment: Last Thursday, the woman from Graubünden was sitting in front of her holiday home on the Alp Bergis with three family dogs when three herd guard dogs suddenly appeared. Specifically: Anatolian Shepherd Dogs.
The job of these dogs: to guard a flock of sheep of 900 animals. It goes without saying that these are shepherd dogs that are massively superior in weight and strength to Christoffel’s trio – pitbull, Jura hound, Yorkshire terrier. When the security dogs come closer, Christoffel grabs his three woofers and wants to run into the house. “But Yorkie Aiden slipped away from me,” she tells Blick. « Immediately three big dogs surrounded him. Aiden fought back. Yorkies are brave dogs. But he had no chance against the giants. Then they caught him.”
The trio takes off with their helpless Yorkie
Christophel only observes how a shepherd dog carries a little Eden (4) in his muzzle. Then the trio and the helpless Yorkie take off. “I have a witness: A neighbor saw dogs running around with my terrier in their muzzle.” Then they disappeared according to Christoffel. She hasn’t seen her three-pound Yorkie since.
Later, a game warden sends his Bloodhound to track down Aiden, the 57-year-old explains. “A Bloodhound could track down injured animals. But he failed.” Therefore, only one procedure is possible for Christoffel: “The livestock guard dogs killed and ate my Eden.”
Alp manager Christian Ernie (60) has a different opinion. The three guard dogs involved are in the care of the shepherd of a flock of sheep during the summer. Ernie is his boss. He tells Blick: “I can’t imagine Yorkshire being eaten by guard dogs.” Yorkshire not found. «Actually: the dog was not found, therefore not dead. The victim is missing.”
«Clash between two groups of dogs»
Perhaps Yorkshire was hiding, Ernie suspected. “Or he died from an attack by cattle guard dogs, but was then eaten by another animal.”
The person responsible for the alp says the incident in front of Christoffel’s hut was a “conflict between two groups of dogs”. «Ms Christophel has a hunting dog and two terriers. There was clearly a conflict then. But I don’t know what caused it.” However, he insisted that the three dogs involved are friendly to people and animals. “Such attacks on dogs are new to me—if that’s the case.”
All three passed the aptitude test. “In other words, they are all suitable for herd protection and are not classified as dangerous. In addition to sheep, they also grew up with children and other dogs.» Two of them are puppies, only two years old.” Ernie: « Shila, a woman, and Ben, a man. This is the first season for the two boys.”
Typically, all three, along with four other dogs, guard a flock of sheep over the valley, on the alpe Calm da Strels, explains Ernie. “They serve as a deterrent to attackers like wolves.” Dog owner Christoffel remarks: “Shefalp, guarded by herd guard dogs, is miles from my cottage.”
Ernie says that on Thursday morning, a shepherd found the footprints of a dog-like animal. ‘I can’t tell if it was the track of the wolves – but there are no dogs there. There was a herd of cows on this hill.” And the three guard dogs who were later involved in the incident with Mrs. Christoffel’s dogs must have walked away from their herd of sheep to look in the right direction. Ernie emphasizes: “Livestock protection dogs have a legal right to roam freely.”
On the way back, the trio crosses Gabby Christoffel’s hut. Ernie: «Then it happened. So it was probably a silly coincidence that the security dogs withdrew this way. ,
Police: No complaint received
Still: “I apologize to Mrs. Christoffel,” says the man responsible for the alp. “I stand straight if she makes a financial claim for the damages, that is, the loss of the dog.”
Graubünden Cantonal Police is also aware of the matter. But spokeswoman Anita Senti insisted that no criminal complaint had yet been received from Christoffel. “Mrs. Christoffel’s dog was not found alive after the attack and kidnapping. And no body was found. Perhaps the dog is still alive.”
Everything is open until the dog is found. Whether alive or dead. “But yes, since the game warden’s sweat dog could not even track Mrs. Christoffel’s dog, the chances of him being found are slim.”
“Certainly Christoffel still has the opportunity to report it,” the spokesman said. “Until she does, we won’t investigate further.”
When asked by Blick, the Office of Food Safety and Animal Health also said it was “not aware of any evidence” that would “speak in favor of the death of the dog”.