That spring evening in Japatul in April 2010 was warm enough that Jaime Dyer and her husband, Don, kept the windows open when they went to bed.
Jaime struggled to sleep. She’d lost six sheep the night before. Her daughter, Addie, raised them to pay for college. They’d been killed in their pen, and Jaime thought the family’s new dog, an Akita named Max, was responsible.
Midnight approached on the family’s ranch near Alpine. Jaime tossed and turned, worried about what she’d have to do with Max. They’d have to find him a new home, or more likely, put him to sleep.