Dogs kill farmer's sheep in Franklin County
Posted May 10, 2012
Youngsville, N.C. — A Franklin County farmer believes a pack of dogs attacked his sheep Wednesday night, killing 10 and wounding 23.
Jake Phillips owns a farm on Tarboro Road in Franklin County, where he keeps 80 sheep. He said another attack happened three weeks ago, and there have been several other incidents through the years.
"We have to do something. It happens a lot. It happens quite a bit," Phillips said.
Phillips said he shot at a dog early Thursday morning after he heard it barking. Animal Control officers visited the farm Thursday and set traps.
"It's a kick in the stomach, no doubt. You don't get over this. You think about it every night when you lay your head down. You think about it every morning," Phillips said.
Phillips said he put llamas out to scare off the dogs and a baby monitor in their field so he can hear the sheep overnight.
The sheep are being treated with antibiotics. Phillips said he might have to put several of them down.