Dogs kill baby alpacas at Pheasants Nest farm


That's what Pheasants Nest farmer and Storybook Alpacas owner Mick Williams said after he discovered his beloved baby alpaca flock had been attacked by dogs last week.

"These were our baby weaners - we had only just weaned them in February and they were doing so well out there," he said.

"We left them at our Pheasant's Nest property because there is someone always there to look after them.

"The man who was looking after them that day left the property for less than an hour and we he got back there he saw that the animals had been attacked."

Mr Williams, who runs three farms across the shire and the Southern Highlands, said when he arrived back at the property he was saddened by what he saw.

"There were nine babies with superficial cuts and scrapes, but a few were already dead and five of them were severely injured," he said.

"They are just tiny little things - seeing them with blood dripping from their faces was a very sad sight.

"There was fleece everywhere.

"We knew it had to have been more than one dog because they had injuries on their faces, necks, backs and legs."

The Storybook team decided to put a call-out on social media to see if anybody witnessed the attack or could identify the dogs involved.

"Say what you will about social media but we were just overwhelmed by the level of support shown to us by the community," Mr Williams said.

"We soon found out that the dogs were a blue cattle dog, a boxer and a young brown labrador.

"We saw them at our property again just yesterday and called the council ranger."

Mr Williams said two more alpacas had died in the last couple of daysfrom the shock of the incident.

"We have been giving them the best care we can, plenty of good food and plenty of TLC," he said.

"This is the first time we have had an attack of this magnitude."

Mr Williams said while the dogs committed the attack their owners should be held accountable.

"There needs to be a long-term solution to this," he said.

"I'm not sitting out there waiting to shoot their dogs, they just need to be more responsible.

"The fact is that these dogs have now learnt about chase and catch and the next time it could be someone else's animal or even a kid.

"We don't want people marching around with muscats and pitchforks, we just love our animals and don't want to see this happen again."