Grazier blames dogs for slaughter
A Cooran sheep grazier is blaming “town dogs” for the death of seven animals in savage night-time attacks.
Martin Peace, who has a property on Tablelands Road about 2km out of the township, said one sheep had a large chunk big enough to put a fist through.
A leg had been ripped and there were teeth marks around its throat.
Mr Peace said Sunshine Coast council had agreed to provide a trap for the killer dogs, but he is prepared to do whatever it takes to defend his flock of about 60 remaining animals.
At the moment that involves locking his surviving sheep in a high paddock behind a 1.8m fence at night.
“Two years ago I lost about 50 to 60 sheep out of a flock of 200 to town dogs,” Mr Peace said.
“That included 20 in one night.”
He believes the fact that the sheep are being killed for sport rather than for food is a sign that these were domestic dogs roaming at night rather than dingoes or other wild dogs.
“I’ve lost about five sheep to dingoes in the last couple of years – they eat their fill and move on, but town dogs kill and then move on to the next animal and keep killing,” he said.
Mr Peace said he was not sure if he was being visited again by the doberman and german shepherd he spotted during the previous attacks.
He has moved a number of sheep to a property at Imbil.