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Third alpaca attack reported in Polly Peak

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

A third dog attack on a herd of alpacas in Polly Peak occurred the afternoon of Tuesday, March 3, resulting in the death of a pregnant alpaca.
No one witnessed the attack, which happened on Broad Oak Drive, and the dogs involved remain unidentified, according to Bandera County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Matt King.
During an initial attack on Feb. 9, a rare red breeding male was killed and several other alpacas injured.
The morning of Monday, Feb. 23, a second attack occurred on the penned alpaca herd. That incident resulted in two rare red males having to be euthanized. "The dogs tore the face off one of the alpacas, but he was still alive until he was put down," the owner said. "It was more horrible than anyone can imagine."
The face of a pregnant female alpaca was also destroyed, but veterinarian medical personnel at the Bandera Veterinary Clinic attempted to save the mother and the baby. Two other injured alpacas were also transported to the clinic on Highway 16 for treatment.
According to Mark Richardson, DVM, unfortunately, the pregnant female died from her injuries about a week after the attack; one of the males is doing well; and the other is still suffering from significant injuries. The two alpacas remain at the clinic.
During the second attack, a neighbor killed one of the dogs involved, a Rottweiler-shepherd mix, weighing 55 to 60 pounds with a black, white and tan long-haired coat. Additionally, a second dog, a 25-pound retriever mix with a light beige- or blond-colored coat, might have been hit.
On Feb. 9, two dogs were impounded when BCSO Deputy JD Nowlin identified them as having possibly been involved in the fatal attack. Nowlin's law enforcement report indicated that one dog had blood on its face, snout and chest when impounded.
Shortly after the dogs were transported to the Bandera County Animal Shelter, a black and white pit-boxer mix was released to its owner, also a resident of Broad Oak Drive. However, the owner declined to pick up a three-legged white mixed breed female. That dog was released to a local animal rescue organization.
The dogs' owner was charged with misdemeanor "public nuisance, dogs running at large" and criminal "dogs attacking livestock." However, according to the BCSO, County Attorney Janna Lindig dismissed the criminal charge prior to a court appearance. Reasons cited were that the alpacas' owners were going to sue the dogs' owner for damages and that the impounded dogs were never conclusively identified as participating in the attack.
However, the "public nuisance, dogs running at large" misdemeanor charge remains active, King said.