Feb 15, 2012 9:18 PM by Nikki Ibarra

Local fears for livestock after sheep killed

A Nipomo woman said two of her sheep were killed Monday, after being attacked by dogs.

Last April, investigators said dogs were likely responsible for killing 19 turkeys belonging to the Future Farmers of America program at Nipomo High School. The campus is less than a mile from the latest victims home.

Valerie Vale said this is the second time her sheep have been attacked. The first one happened January 30, leaving three of her sheep dead. Now she's concerned it will happen again. "[I] looked over there and saw the dead sheep. So that started it," said Vale of Nipomo.

Vale never thought she would have a problem with outside animals killing her livestock."We bought this property with the expectation that the agricultural pursuits will be protected. This isn't a neighborhood in town," added Vale.

It happened again this past Monday. This time, she was able to see the suspects. Two dogs she said; a shepherd mix and a border collie.

"I was going to grab one because they were wearing collars and tags so I figured we could get information about owners," said Vale. As Valerie approached the dogs, they ran off.

Vale said the dogs hopped the fence. Now she's concerned for the community, where livestock plays a big role.

"Words fail me to think about how someone could know that their dog, their dear pet dog, is out killing things and they can't be bothered to keep them home," said Vale.

KSBY did reach out to Nipomo High School, and administrators there said students in the Future Farmers of America program will be getting animals to raise this spring. They will also be taking extra precaution to make sure dogs don't claim those animals as victims again.


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