Police catch dogs that slaughtered Alberni goat herd

Police have caught two of three dogs that slaughtered a goat herd in Port Alberni but one dog still remains at large.

The owner of two dogs that were captured after attacking several chickens and goats on a Port Alberni farm is “upset” and “remorseful” for the actions of her animals.

The Granville Road resident was unaware that the dogs had left her property and wandered to the Kingston Road area, where they killed chickens and goats.

The owner, who RCMP declined to identify, contacted police after viewing images of the dogs in a local newspaper. She was upset and remorseful, and said she will be in contact with the farmer to discuss the incidents, RCMP Cpl. Jen Allan said in a news release.

Police apprehended the dogs on Thursday and turned them over to animal control authorities.

According to an RCMP press release, on Wednesday night, the two dogs returned to the same farm where they killed six goats on Friday. This time, the dogs killed two chickens before the farm’s owner, Robert Tolfo, corralled them into his barn.

Police arrived and coerced the dogs into the back of a police car using food.

One of the dogs — a boxer cross — was emaciated and had eaten part of the chicken before police arrived. The other dog, the Rottweiler, appeared to be well fed. Neither dog had tags.

On Friday, Nov. 24, Tolfo went to his Beaver Creek property and found one of his six goats being mauled by a black Rottweiler. He caught only a fleeting glimpse of the other two dogs.

Tolfo found the carcasses of five more goats with their throats ripped out.

On Thursday, police turned the dogs over to the SPCA, where they will be housed temporarily while authorities attempt to locate their owners.

One dog — tan in colour — remains at large, and the public is asked to contact RCMP or the SPCA if they see it wandering in the Kingston Road area.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call RCMP at 250-723-2424 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS [8477].



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