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German shepherds escape, attack 2 alpacas

May 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Animal services says two German shepherds got loose from a nearby property in Cherry Valley Tuesday and attacked several alpacas on a nearby ranch.Investigators say the dogs got loose around 8 a.m. from a property near Alfred Circle and Mountain View Avenue and ran onto a ranch on Alfred where eight alpacas were gathered. Officials say the German shepherds targeted two alpacas and severely injured both. The Alpacas were taken to a local veterinarian. It is not known if they will recover.

Animal Services says officers were called to the scene and took possession of the dogs. The dogs have been taken to a shelter because their owner's fence is not adequate to keep them restrained.

The owner was cited for letting them free, and could face a dangerous dog restraining order. The order would require the owner to take greater steps to ensure that they are secured, or face penalties.


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