Relying on statutes written several decades prior to the attack on Cormon's cow, Accomack County Supervisors voted to reimburse Cormons the mandated amount of just $400, towards what had already become considerable veterinary expenses related to the attack on his dairy cow. During this meeting, County Supervisor Jack Gray acknowledged the problem of feral dogs in Hopeton, stating that animal control had already been in the area to trap several of the dogs, and that the county would continue to do so, but that he was also concerned about "collared animals being destroyed even though they should not be running at large," adding that, "a resident of the trailer park," had said her pet, "was loose that day."
The damage done to the Cormons' cow had been severe. Cormons, in the written statement he provided to Accomack's County Supervisors, said, "we are still giving her [his dairy cow] constant care, which has included administering intravenous and intra-mammary antibiotics, washing with antibacterial solutions twice daily, flushing out maggots from the wounds, milking out the infected quarters, and massaging the compacted udder to break up the clots clogging it," several months after the attack, and, "when her udder became gangrenous, maggoty and smelling of dead tissue," Cormons said that he and his wife "seriously considered putting her down," but decided to first give her every chance that they could. Cormons wondered aloud about what damage these dogs might do if they were to encounter a child next time, instead of a cow. And there were other matters to consider.
During this same April 2012 meeting, County Supervisor Gray made the statement that the county's health department had its own concerns too, primarily that the feral dogs who were running at large in Hopeton weren't vaccinated for rabies. Since the late 1970's, Accomack County has been dealing with a rabies problem that a local news outlet has since described as "rampant" and "rising." And even though the county has stated that it did make the effort to trap 27 dogs since Cormon's cow was maimed in 2012, on November 20, 2013, dangerous packs of stray and feral dogs were once again the topic of discussion at the Accomack County Board of Supervisor's regular meeting, and this time it wasn't just Matt Cormons who was complaining about them.
During his second public appeal to Accomack's Board of Supervisors, on November 20, 2013, Matt Cormons stated that he had personally visited the Dreamland 2 Mobile Home Park a week earlier, on November 13, 2013, and had counted 26 dogs, only 2 of whom were wearing collars, and only 2 of whom were either chained or confined to a fenced in area. Cormons told the board that, on November 7th, a pack of dogs had killed two large domestic turkeys on his property.
Next, David Van Dessel, Cormon's Dennis Drive neighbor, addressed the board with similar concerns, stating that, "we in the Hopeton area are having an increasing and rapidly accelerating problem with wild dog packs," describing the situation of wild feral dogs as "originating from Dreamland 2 trailer park," stating that the dogs are, "just roaming wild," and that, "they're in the street all the time, and they're running across the fields." Van Dessel presented County Supervisors with evidence of, "six recent dog attacks on household pets, livestock and two raccoons [sic] found torn apart in a field in the neighborhood," describing attacks on himself, and his companion animals, which had resulted in veterinary bills in excess of $850, and also described the death of his mother's cat, resulting from a vicious attack by dogs originating from Dreamland 2 Mobile Home Park.
Theresa Van Dessel, David Van Dessel's daughter, and like her father and Cormons, a resident of Dennis Drive in Hopeton, spoke to the County Supervisors about problem as well, stating that she had contacted county animal control on four separate occasions about the attacks, without results. Van Dessel said that she was told officers could not set traps to catch the dogs because the person who had the traps was on vacation, and that animal control officers would respond only if a person was bitten, claims Accomack County Sheriff, Todd Godwin, would deny.
But, in March of 2014, in a statement he made to Delmarva.com's staff writer, Connie Morrison, Accomack sheriff, Todd Godwin said that Accomack's feral dog and cat problem was getting worse and that he didn't know if the county would ever get on top of it. In Morrison's piece titled, "Virginia Animal Control is an Uphill Battle," Morrison writes that Godwin was, "not looking forward to the next wave of kittens and puppies," that would add to Accomack's existing unlicensed and feral animal populations, already susceptible to contracting rabies and other transmissible diseases. In the statement he made to Morrison, sheriff Todd Godwin said that though the problem has a simple solution--spaying and neutering, getting people to do it is the real challenge. "There just aren't enough people who care about their animals," Sheriff Godwin told Morrison.