Dogs viciously kill 17 sheep in Union County

Local farmer lives in fear after dogs kill his sheep
Published: Feb. 4, 2015 at 3:03 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 6, 2015 at 4:23 AM EST
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UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A Union County farmer is living in fear after his livestock were viciously attacked by a pack of dogs.

Ted Hinson was helping his 15-year old grandson raise sheep to help pay for college expenses, but last week 17 of the animals were found dead in his pasture.

"It was just terrible. He called his mother and said, 'Mom I've got dead sheep laying all over the pasture'," Hinson said.

Hinson says he rushed to the field to see what he described as a massacre.

"We loaded dead sheep, just one right after another," Hinson said.

Hinson says he's lived on the farm for more than 70 years and has never seen anything like this.

"In all my days raising livestock, I've never seen such a vicious attack," Hinson said.

The teen managed to snap a few photos of the dogs before they ran off.

"They weren't killing the sheep for food, they were just killing them for the sport of it," Hinson said.

He says $5,000 of his grandson's hard work is now gone.

"He was just getting his flock to where he could start selling some and making a little spending money and its kind of doubtful right now," Hinson said.

Hinson believes the dogs have an owner judging by the collars you can spot in the photos.

"They're somebody's dogs. Somebody in the community knows who's dogs these are," Hinson said.

Union County Animal Control was called, but so far the dogs haven't been tracked down. That worries the man who knows this land and its livestock.

"If the dogs are still in the community, they will attack somebody else's animals," Hinson said.

If you know anything about these attacks, please contact Union County Animal Control at 704-283-2308.

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