Nearly 200 goats have been killed by a pack of six to eight Pit Bulls at a French Camp, California, livestock auction yard in the past week, and manager Joe Mayar is worried that the dogs will return and attack and kill even more.
On Tuesday, Mayar said someone would be watching out for his animals all night long. (French Camp is a rural area in San Joaquin County in central Calfornia. It is near the city of Stockton.)
Mayar told News10 that early Monday morning a pack of six Pit Bulls killed 87 of his goats and another 73 were so badly mauled that they had to be put down to stop their suffering. He said that at least three other people saw the dogs attacking their animals and also identified them as Pit Bulls. Some said there was a total of eight dogs in the pack.
"It hurts me and it makes me angry at the same time. Goats all over the place just laying dead, just crying," Mayar told the News 10 reporter. "We came in 7 a.m. to feed all the animals and that's when we discovered all the dead animals in the back pens."
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"Most of the goats have injuries to their necks," he described. "Limbs were missing, torn legs, their throats were cut. It was just a horrible scene. It was a massacre." The loss of the goats has cost him about $35,000, Mayar stated.
Even though the livestock auction yard is securely fenced off, the pack of dogs managed to get in. Mayar said he believes they dug holes under the fence..
Last week Subar Mani also lost goats in the same disturbing manner and he believes it was the same pack of Pit Bulls. "On the first day, I lost 20 [goats]; and the second day, I lost 10," he said. He told reporters he also lost several ducks.
Mani said he tried to stop the dogs; but, when the pack attacked his animals, there were eight Pit Bulls. He said on the third night he and some of his friends stayed at the yard and when the dog pack came in they shot at them and believes they hit and injured two.
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Mayar said he and others in the area are worried that the same pack of Pit Bullscould attack children who attend the French Camp Elementary School, which is just two blocks from where the goats are being killed. "That could easily happen… and it would be a lot worse," he said.
San Joaquin County Animal Control set up a steel trap to try to catch the dogs, but Mayar told News10 that he doesn’t think that can work with these dogs.
Reporters said that they had been unable to determine if the Pit Bulls are believed to be owned or are strays. and Animal Control was not available to comment.
"Everybody needs to be concerned, Mayar said, and they need to catch those dogs. They're going to come back."