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Dogs kill 12 alpacas, 4 goats in 2 weeks near Elizabeth

Posted at 3:47 PM, Apr 03, 2019

ELBERT COUNTY – The Elbert County Sheriff’s Office is trying to find two dogs that are suspected of killing more than a dozen farm animals in the past two weeks, including at least 12 alpacas and four goats.

According to reporting partner 9News in Denver, Undersheriff Dave Fisher said the two dogs may be responsible for even more attacks. The killings, which mostly occur at night, may have been going on for several months, and the dogs could be responsible for more than 30 dead animals.

The Sheriff’s Office has not received any reports of the dogs injuring humans, according to 9News.

“We are aware of these killings of your animals and pets and are actively working to put you at ease,” Fisher wrote in an online neighborhood group Tuesday.

9News said residents have reported seeing the dogs in the Sun Country and Outback Estates neighborhoods in Elizabeth.

The Undersheriff said it’s not clear who owns the dogs, and at least one does not have a collar. He also said one of the dogs appears to be more aggressive and is killing for sport rather than for food, according to 9News.

He said he’s notified all Elbert County Sheriff’s Office personnel, and “if the dog is located, they are authorized to dispatch it immediately.”

Elizabeth is a rural town about 40 miles southeast of Denver.