High-priced sheep killed by dogs

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Thousands of dollars worth of livestock at two Peralta residences were killed last week by what police were told were packs of dogs.

Bosque Farms Lt. David Gallegos said officers were dispatched to a field on the 3600 block of N.M. 47, behind Joe's Pharmacy, on April 25 about a complaint that some sheep had been attacked by one or more dogs.

"When the officers arrived, they saw two sheep had been killed with bite marks to the neck," Gallegos said. "About 12 others had serious wounds. They were bleeding heavily and having trouble breathing."

The owner of the sheep told police he believed the incident took place about 4 a.m., saying he saw a dog's paw print that appeared to come from a nearby ditch. The owner also told police each sheep was worth $200 each.

The second call to police came about an hour later from a resident who lives on Chad Street. The owner told police that at about 2 a.m., he heard dogs barking around the area.

The officers saw three rams that had been killed, also with bite marks to their necks. The owner said the three rams were estimated at a value of $2,000 each.

Gallegos said there were no dogs located near either residence.

"Valencia County has historically had a problem with dogs running at large," Gallegos said. "And killing of livestock happens so often in both Bosque Farms and Peralta. It's not a daily, not weekly, but it happens often enough not to be surprised."

Gallegos advises residents to check the quality of the pasture fences regularly, and having livestock-protecting dogs or dogs on the property to safeguard livestock is a way to help protect their animals. He also said citizens need to call in when they see dogs on the loose.

"We also suggest those who own dogs make sure their dogs are secure and don't run loose," he said. "That would help prevent the occasional attacks."


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