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Pack of wild dogs wanted for killing goats in Fayetteville's Westover area

Posted November 19, 2020 5:42 p.m. EST
Updated November 19, 2020 11:37 p.m. EST

— The search is intensifying in Fayetteville for a pack of wild dogs responsible for killing nearly a dozen goats.

At Bright Young Minds Academy and University, near Westover Recreation Center, the dogs dug under a fence and killed three pet goats. Principal Larry Rivera said students loved and cared for the animals.

"They've been raised around the children. They are our pets," Rivera said. "They're not farm animals. Our goats were slaughtered."

The dogs are described as white, mixed-breed German shepherds. Neighbors say they have been roaming the woods in the area for months.

Yadisha Parrilla lives nearby in the Lagrange subdivision. She didn't think it unusual when she heard her nine goats making a commotion Sunday at three in the morning.

"We thought that was the goats being goats, so when we woke up in the morning, we went there to feed them, and seven of them were dead," she said.

Parrilla said dogs came back Wednesday and attacked the other two.

"We shot one," she said, "But apparently it didn't do anything, because they kept running inside my property, and then they left."

Elaine Smith, director of animal control for Cumberland County, said her team has been after the dogs since April. Two have been captured, but the thick wooded area makes the others tough to corner.

"Attempting to locate them and actually put eyes on them and then get a trap set up that they will then go in has been a struggle," she said. “We need public assistance in reporting the location of the dogs so that we can continue efforts to contain them."

Before Nov. 10, Smith said, the dogs were not known to have killed anything. Since then, 11 goats and some chickens have been found dead, blamed on the dogs.

County employees have used traps and tranquilizer guns. Smith said they are ready to use deadly force, if necessary.

To report sightings of the dogs or attacks to other animals, call Animal Services at 910-321-6852 Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5p.m. For reports after the department’s business hours, call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500.

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