Monday, January 31, 2011

Animal Services seeks two dogs believed to have killed sheep in Larkin Valley area

From Mercury News

Animal control authorities are searching for two dogs said to have killed five sheep and severely injured two others Saturday in a pasture on Old Adobe Road.
The two injured animals had to be euthanized due to the severity of their injuries.
"These two dogs have acted in a severely aggressive and startling manner," field manager Todd Stosuy said in a press release. "It is alarming that two domesticated dogs hunted and killed seven large livestock animals."
A witness saw the dogs leaving the pasture, and, according to authorities, the pair are believed to have attacked and killed other animals in the past.
The dogs are described as medium-sized with short fur. One is mostly white with dark spots, possibly a pit bull mix. The other is light brown and has a spitz-like tail that curls over its back.
Stuosy said authorities are asking for the public's help to find the dogs before they attack again. Animal Services asks anyone with information can to call 454-7303 ext. 1 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Update February 1, 2011 - The following article is from KSBW:
7 Sheep Killed In Dog Attack

2 Dogs Caught By Animal Control

Two dogs accused of killing seven sheep during an attack in Watsonville were caught by Santa Cruz County Animal Control Services on Tuesday.
Witnesses said that a pit bull mix with a brown spot and a husky with a curly tail went into a pen over the weekend and attacked the sheep, killing seven -- including two ewes -- and injuring another, animal control officials said.
The sheep's owner, Christine Kelsey, said her yard was fenced in when the attack occurred on her Barbados black belly sheep.
Kelsey was on vacation when the attack took place.
"It's a real economic impact because all our ewes were three months pregnant, ready to deliver in about a month and a half," Kelsey said.
Santa Cruz County Animal Control Officer Todd Stotsuy said the attack is a concern.
"For a dog that takes down animals as big as a sheep, it's (concerning) for the neighbors in that area," Stotsuy said. "If dogs can hurt and kill live livestock animals, then they're able to do it to smaller animals and we're concerned about the safety of other animals in our community."
If the dogs' owners are identified and want to keep their pets, they must ensure that the dogs can't escape from the property. Otherwise, the dogs could be put down, animal control officials said.

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