Goat killer dogs hunted down

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

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.

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