A SPATE of vicious sheep attacks in the Perth Hills town of Chidlow is currently under investigation by the Shire of Mundaring, as property owners believe two stray dogs are responsible.
“This has been going on for six months,” said one livestock owner who wished to remain anonymous.
“I’ve lost about four sheep just recently and two lambs, while next door has had four or five taken.”
The farmer believed two dogs were responsible for the attacks and that they were “biting half the face off” the sheep, as well as ripping their legs off.
In total he has lost 11 sheep over the course of a few months and claims one neighbour has lost 35 sheep in total.
Shire of Mundaring chief executive Jonathan Throssell said the attacks were under investigation after two reports were made of sheep attacks in the Chidlow area on July 13.
“The Shire encourages all dog owners in rural areas to ensure their dogs are properly contained so attacks on livestock do not occur,” he said.
In May last year there was a similar spate of attacks in Parkerville with the Shire stating at the time that they would consider prosecution upon review of evidence gathered.
In 2017, the Shire introduced new laws and fines under the Dogs Local Law 2017.
Dog owners are liable for a fine of $400 where an attack or chase causes injury and $200 without injury.
By Rebecca Peppiatt