Animal Control On The Lookout For Wild Dogs

By: Hailey Frances Email
By: Hailey Frances Email

October 26, 2007

After a pet llama was attacked by a pack of wild dogs, Albemarle County Animal Control set a trap in Keswick to catch the dogs.

Richard Tinsler and his 88-year-old mother owned the llama, which they had to put to sleep after the attack.

"It's really unfortunate because Keswick is not prone to animal attacks. These dogs apparently just came onto the property and without any warning or provocation just attacked the llamas," said owner Richard Tinsler.

Tinsler and his 88-year-old mother ran out of their home on Thursday to try to scare the dogs away.

By the time they reached the fallen lama, its wounds were too deep to keep the animal alive.

Veterinarians put the pet to sleep.

Animal Control has set a humane trap on the property where the attack took place. They believe the dogs will go back to the scene to try to find the remaining two llamas.

Those llamas will stay locked in a barn until the dogs are caught.

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