Goat killer dogs hunted down
THREE stray dogs believed to have been responsible for the deaths of 67 goats were tracked and killed over the weekend.
This after the community of Mangcengce Reserve in Ubuka Traditional Authority, took it upon their shoulder to find the vicious dogs that ripped apart the herd in their fenced enclosure 10 days ago.
A community member, who asked not to be named, said the first dog was caught inside the camp opposite Crocodile Dam on Saturday.
‘When the community spotted one of the dogs, they all rushed into the camp, and chased it for almost three hours. They caught it and put it to rest.
‘The two remaining dogs were also caught on Sunday while chasing goats in broad daylight. They were also killed by the angry community.’
Another resident also handed over his two dogs to be put down as he suspected they were also involved in goat attacks.
‘A total number of five dogs have been killed but the challenges still persist as on Tuesday, another goat was killed by stray dogs. This means the area is infested by wild dogs,’ said the source.
Goats owner, Langelihle Zungu, said he was unaware that the dogs responsible for killing his 67 goats had been put to rest.
‘We are still traumatised about what happened to our goats. Four of injured goats died few days after they were attacked. Some are still struggling to eat and to walk,’ said Zungu.He added that he was still waiting for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) to come back to him following the incident, as he feared some of the dogs had rabies.
Local iNduna Moses Sikhakhane said he would meet with the traditional authority to seek permission to convene a community meeting to map out the way forward.
‘I was unaware that some of these dogs have been killed, but what I know is that these incidents are still continuing as two families have lost their goats in the past few days,’ he said.
KZN spokesperson for DARD, Phathisa Mfuyo, said her department has not been informed about the matter.