Stray dog pack kills 67 goats

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - FRONT PAGE - Muzi Zin­c­ume

A TRIO of sav­age stray dogs killed 67 goats af­ter en­ter­ing a fenced en­clo­sure in a ru­ral area over the week­end.

The Zungu fam­ily of Mang­cengce Re­serve in Ubuka Tra­di­tional Au­thor­ity is count­ing the cost of their loss af­ter their goat herd was lit­er­ally torn apart.

Their owner, Lan­gelihle Zungu, said the goats were at­tacked in their camp op­po­site Croc­o­dile Dam on Satur­day and Sun­day night.

‘On Sun­day morn­ing, we dis­cov­ered two of our goats dead, both with big gashes on their necks. On Mon­day we found an­other 65 goats dead in the same camp.

‘All these an­i­mals had wounds on their necks where the flesh had been ripped.

‘When we went closer to the dead goats, three vi­cious dogs sud­denly ap­peared from nowhere and at­tacked us,’ said Zungu, who said they were def­i­nitely not the African wild dogs that have been on the loose in the area over the past weeks.

‘Eight goats were left crit­i­cally in­jured as they could not walk and eat. We re­ported the mat­ter to lo­cal in­duna, Moses Sikhakhane.’I also loaded 19 dead goats onto my bakkie and took them to the Ntam­banana Po­lice Sta­tion.

‘I’m not a com­mer­cial farmer, but we use some of our live­stock to per­form rit­ual prayers when re­quired, and sell some when we need cash,’ he said.

In­duna Sikhakhane said he has re­ported the mat­ter to the tra­di­tional coun­cil.

‘Last year we ex­pe­ri­enced the same problem of stray dogs killing goats in the area. The com­mu­nity tracked down those dogs and killed them,’ said Sikhakhane.

King Cetshwayo Po­lice Clus­ter spokesper­son, Cap­tain Mbon­geni Md­lalose, said they were aware of the in­ci­dent, and the mat­ter was was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Con­tacted by the ZO, the SPCA said they had been un­aware of the in­ci­dent but would make con­tact with those in­volved.

A heart­bro­ken Ga­malakhe Zungu stares in dis­be­lief at the bod­ies of the goats

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