Man nabs possible sheep killers
TWO DOMESTIC dogs that may be responsible for the deaths of up to 14 sheep in the Sunshine Acres area were known to the Fraser Coast Regional Council after they were reported for chasing sheep on a neighbouring property several weeks ago.
The two dogs were caught entering John McCarthy’s Condor Drive property yesterday.
Mr McCarthy lost eight sheep to a dog attack last week, while the Caldwell family lost six sheep and a goat the week before that.
The McCarthys’ neighbour, Peter Schuback, noticed the dogs wandering down the street and saw them enter the property. He called them over and was able to detain them in a pen on the property.
John McNeill, who lives across the street from the McCarthys, reported the dogs to the council a few weeks ago after the dogs woke his children in the middle of the night.
The dogs were spotted chasing the sheep around their paddock.
Mr McNeill followed the dogs after they were shooed from his property and got their tag numbers, giving the numbers to the council.
The owners of the dogs were visited by council officers following the attack on the Caldwells’ animals.
Mr McNeill also called the council following the attack on the McCarthys’ property and was told about the visit to the dogs’ owners.
The owners told the council officer they also ran sheep and the dogs had never shown aggressive tendencies toward them.
“Pet owners should not allow their dogs to be put in a situation where they can cause damage to stock or other pets,” Andy Gaze, the council’s executive manger of Environment, Health and Regulation, said.
The council is also investigating other cases in which dogs were found on the loose. Two more dogs were spotted wandering near Dundowran Road, at Nikenbah, yesterday and were also picked up by the council.
Mr McCarthy said if those dogs were responsible for killing his sheep he was disappointed that the owners hadn’t taken more care to keep their dogs locked up.
He said those who owned dogs on properties should have pens to stop their dogs from wandering.
Mr McCarthy’s main concern now is the safety of his children and children in the area.
“A pen may seem like a bit of an expense but it’s not as expensive as a law suit if a child gets attacked,” he said.