Traps on the way for out of control domesticated dogs

DEVASTATING: Three of Libby McDonald’s dead sheep are placed inside a trap to try to catch the domesticated dogs believed responsible for the deaths of 11 of her herd on her Takura property.
DEVASTATING: Three of Libby McDonald’s dead sheep are placed inside a trap to try to catch the domesticated dogs believed responsible for the deaths of 11 of her herd on her Takura property. Brendan Bufi

A TAKURA woman believes domestic dogs are responsible for the slaughter of 11 sheep on her property in the early hours of Monday.

Libby McDonald and her family have housed several farm animals, including sheep, on their block of land for the past two-and-a-half years, and are no strangers to animal attacks and the deaths of stock.

However, Mrs McDonald believes this attack, which left eight females dead - some of which were pregnant - was the cruel doing of domestic dogs, not wild ones.

"We've had attacks before. Wild dogs rip the throat out and half-eat them," Mrs McDonald said.

"But from what I've seen this time it was a fun kill, judging by the way they were wounded on their stomachs and faces before they were killed.

"That says to me that these are domestic dogs that probably didn't need food and were just doing it for pleasure."

Based on dog tracks she has found around the area where the sheep were attacked, Mrs McDonald said she believed at least three dogs were involved - one big and two smaller.

She said she had made an official report to the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

"There's a council man heading out here in the next few days to set traps and have a look," she said.

"He said I was within my rights to use whatever means necessary to stop this from happening. I did inform him that I had a rifle and he said I was within my rights to use it."

A case based on evidence from someone who witnessed the incident or photographic evidence that clearly showed the animals involved is needed before council can be taken against the owners.

Topics:  dog attacks

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