Snakes Down Under staff devastated, four roos and an emu slain
DEVASTATION greeted staff from Snakes Down Under who arrived at work to discover four kangaroos and an emu had been hunted down and killed, allegedly by two local dogs.
Reptile park and zoo owner Ian Jenkins said the boxer and white staffy dogs managed to rip a hole into the cyclone fence and gain entry into the kangaroo pen.
Mr Jenkins said staff arrived at work and noticed the emu on the ground.
“We took a walk around the enclosure and we spotted four dead kangaroos and the hole in the fence,” Mr Jenkins said.
Devastated and heartbroken over the shocking events, staff fought back tears as they turned away customers and closed the park last Monday.
“We called in the vet and medicated one injured kangaroo, nothing too serious but we need to keep an eye on them all,” he said.
“The shock of the attack has put stress onto the other animals and we need to keep a close eye on them.”
Mr Jenkins said it was not the first time these dogs had killed animals.
“Just over a week ago, the same two dogs got into my chicken coop and killed most of my hens,” he said.
Mr Jenkins arrived at work later than usual, as he and his staff attended the early morning chaplaincy breakfast in support of the local school.
“To get to work and to find a scene like this was devastating for me and all the staff at Snakes Down Under,” he said.
“It’s devastating to lose animals in this way.
“Pet owners need to take more responsibility for their pets.”
Mr Jenkins notified the Childers police of the situation and also contacted animal control.
The devastating incident left the staff upset and angry at the owners of the two dogs responsible for the carnage.
Council health and regulatory services portfolio spokesman Cr Peter Heuser said officers had impounded two dogs following an alleged dog attack at the Snakes Down Under Reptile Park and Zoo in Childers.
“The council will continue to liaise with Snakes Down Under staff to investigate this matter at hand,” Mr Heuser said.
“The dogs have been released to the owners on the condition the fencing at the property housing the animals was improved. The same dogs were impounded earlier this month.”
CARNAGE: Kangaroos were killed by local dogs last Monday at Snakes Down Under.