Seven alpacas were killed and others severely mauled in a gruesome Pit Bull attack at Yuba College. Two cows were also injured, reports News10/KXTV
"They didn't kill because they were hungry. They didn't eat them. They shredded them," Veterinary Technologist Bonnie Loghry stated. "I'm concerned for animals and also for people."
“Severe carnage, mutilated alpacas everywhere,” said Program Director Scott Haskell.
"It was gruesome. The dogs had done things with alpacas that were just horrific," said Haskell, who saw a collar on one of the dogs and does not believe they are strays.
All of the animals were part of Yuba College's veterinary technology program. The college is in Marysville, California, 40 miles north of Sacramento.
Haskell said he came to the college farm around 6:10 a.m. on Friday to feed the animals and immediately realized they had been attacked. He said the first thing that alarmed him was that he didn't see the two male alpacas in their pen.
"There was one here, crumpled up and severely mutilated," Haskell recalled. He then looked over at the female alpaca pen and noticed only three of the 10 alpacas were standing.
"As I started to check, I saw multiple animals down dead; all mutilated. At the same time, I saw two dogs savaging the last three alpaca females," Haskell said.
Haskell described the dogs as one being a pure Pit Bull, the other a Pit Bull-mix.
He got in his car and chased the blood-soaked dogs off campus, but he lost them somewhere in the neighborhood.
As Haskell chased the dogs, Loghry rushed to save the three alpacas. They survived although one had a severe gash from the attack. A total of seven alpacas were killed and two cows were injured, according to the News10/KXTV report..
The dogs were able to get to the alpacas by digging under the fence. Fencing on the farm is old, and although it is strong enough to keep animals in, it is not strong enough to keep predators out, a college news release stated.
The surviving animals are skittish, blood-stained and left partly skinned, but they are alive, following the vicious attack. They were placed in a more secure enclosure, and Animal Control put out traps in case the dogs returned.
The death of the animals is a huge loss to the college's Vet Tech Program. The alpacas were about a year old and were all paid for by the students' vet tech club. Cost of replacing the seven animals is estimated at $1,500 to $2,000 each, says the Sacramento Bee.
Blood still stains the grass in one of the pens. "It's been a pretty horrific day," Loghry said.
"This was the most brutal (attack) I've seen with alpacas," Haskell said.
Yuba County Animal Control officers are searching for two dogs and asking for help in identifying the Pit Bulls—who were covered with the blood of the alpacas—to assure that no more animals or possibly a human is injured or killed by them.
Haskell doubts this is the dogs' first kill and he believes they will attack again.
"In their mind, this was fun last time," Haskell said. "It will be fun again."