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Dogs return to kill more sheep

13 September 2004

Dogs return to kill more sheep

Mystery dogs who caused the deaths of 30 sheep at Birdwood Rd Swanson on Friday morning returned at 11pm last night (Sunday), killing another five sheep and injuring several others.

Waitakere City Animal Welfare manager Tom Didovich says that last Friday’s house to house enquiry by Council officers failed to find the culprits.

“It is obvious that someone must know who these dogs are. They will be coming home very tired, most likely with blood on their coats. However, during last night’s attack, they were interrupted, so they may still have some energy today,” he says.

The dogs sighted last night appeared to be of a Staffie-Cross breed, say the owners of the sheep Graham and Fiona Mooney.

Traps placed on site will remain throughout the week and there will be some heavy monitoring by staff with firearms to try to trap/destroy the dogs on site.

Pedigree Suffolk rams worth $180 were killed in Friday’s attack as well as pregnant ewes and lambs.

The Mooneys say they are moving all the remaining 50 sheep off the Birdwood Rd block. This is the third such attack at this property. Last March, two fox terriers were destroyed after they killed seven ewes.

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