By Kelly-Ann Kiernan , Chief Reporter
Monday, June 18, 2012
THREE alpacas have been viciously mauled to death by two killer dogs, as they played in a field at home.
One of the dogs was sat eating an alpaca’s leg when the family were alerted to the scene of devastation at around 7am on Saturday last week.
The trio had been family pets to the McKays who live in Reynards Road, Welwyn, for the past eight years.
Sandy McKay said: “There was blood everywhere, they didn’t deserve to die like that.
“I think the dogs had been in the field for a few hours.
“To kill three male alpacas, I don’t know how it happened. They are strong animals; when we get them sheared it takes three adults to get one to the ground.
“This was vicious.
“Our neighbours, everybody, has been in tears. They were lovely animals, inquisitive, they would come up to you, not run away.
“They were just beautiful.”
Aragorn was brown, Legolas was white and Gimli was tri-coloured: white, brown and tan.
Sandy’s father-in-law Paddy caught one of the dogs involved, a Jack Russell, which was later detained by police.
Her son, Robert, went into the field to photograph the other dog, which ran off before police arrived.
A police spokeswoman said: “We are looking for the other dog – believed to be a tan Bull Mastiff, possibly a Great Dane cross, which is wearing a black collar and choke chain.
“It is not believed to be of any threat to the public.
“The dogs’ owner or owners have not yet been traced but officers are currently following up enquiries.”