Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Sandy O'Donovan said her husband Terry witnessed two pit bulls attack and kill one llama and wound
 another on their Bear Mountain property June 5.

"There was one llama dead, a little one, and another one with two pit bulls on top of it," said O'Donovan,
 who later identified the animals as a pit bull cross. "It was a ferocious, horrible thing. My husband had
 never seen anything like it."

O'Donovan lost three llamas in an attack in April, which officials originally blamed on a cougar. In all,
 three llamas and five goats were killed in the Dawson Creek neighbourhood that month.

Sgt. Shawn Brinsky of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service said there's now strong evidence that canines,
 not a felines, were responsible for the slayings.

"We came to the conclusion that because it was a llama, a bigger animal, and looking at the injuries, that
 it was likely a cougar," he said. They initially ruled out heelers, collies and German shepherds as being too
weak to bring down a llama.

When officers heard a pit bull had been involved in an attack, they reviewed photographs of the bite marks
 and injuries on the dead goats and llamas.
"Their skull and jaw formation is stronger than the typical dog," he said. "At that point we found some video
 online of pit bulls attacking cattle, and looked at how they were hanging on and where they were grabbing.
 Looking back at the injuries we documented the first go around, there's a strong likelihood the animal
 responsible for those other kills, if it was not a cat, was a pit bull or (a similar) breed of dog."There's additional
 evidence that dogs could be responsible, he said. None of the animals had been eaten, and the attacks have been
 sporadic, suggesting the dogs were contained for a time.
Police attended the O'Donovan's property Sunday and identified the owner of the dogs. The incident is not under criminal investigation, though people who lost livestock could pursue a claim against the owner in civil court.

O'Donovan said the dogs fled her property when her husband retrieved his gun. In all, four out of O'Donovan's six llamas have been slain in just over a month.
She's worried about what might happen if the dogs go after a child. She had not yet been in touch with the dogs' owner as of June 8.

The remaining llamas are "distraught," she added, including the mother of one of the slain animals. 

"When they took the body away, she was totally distraught," O'Donovan said. "It was terrible."

Recent attacks make national headlines 

The City of Fort St. John is currently pursuing stricter animal control laws after a pit bull mauled a man in his home Christmas Day.

Robin Elgie and his girlfriend Wendy Lee Baker were attacked by a pair of pit bulls Dec. 25, which burst into their home after killing their cat. Elgie required multiple surgeries to save his hands and arms.


Dayna said...

If it were a wild animal that attacked the llamas, there would be very little, if anything left of the llama. Wild animals don't kill and then leave the carcass, they carry it off and eat it.

Anonymous said...

If you love pit bulls, you hate all other animals. If you love pit bulls, you hate other humans. If you love pit bulls, you love the pain and devastation they leave behind. If you love pit bulls, you are sadistic.

I don't care if YOUR pit bull has never done anything like kill a llama. If you support the breed, you support the deed.