Sadly dog attacks on alpacas are reported to BAS at the rate of 3 or 4 per year.
If your animals are subject to a dog attack then, depending on what is happening you should:
- Stop the attack by any reasonable means
- Call the vet to treat any injuries
- Collect evidence – take pictures, “arrest” the dog if possible.
- Take contact details from the dog owner, if present, and witnesses if there are any.
- Report the incident to the police
Previous work has shown
- In the majority of those incidents alpacas were injured
- In approximately 30% of incidents at least one alpaca was killed or died as a result.
- In about one quarter of the incidents, in which alpacas were in cria, they aborted.
- Generally incidents happen in field with NO footpath in the paddock
- Two dogs were shot or put down as a result of an attack (Please note shooting dogs which are attacking your ALPACAS could result in a criminal prosecution against YOU )
- In one third of the incidents the dog was with a person
- Average cost to owners of vet fees, where a vet was required, was around £600
- Average costs to owners around £2500
Please report any attacks to the BAS using email@example.com
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