John Raatz with one of the dead sheep that were killed by dogs on his North Booval property on Tuesday night.
John Raatz with one of the dead sheep that were killed by dogs on his North Booval property on Tuesday night. David Nielsen

Dogs massacre hapless sheep

AN IPSWICH man has been left devastated after five of his six sheep died after an attack on Tuesday night – barely two months after surviving the January floods.

North Booval resident John Raatz said he believed the vicious assault on his sheep was the work of a pack of dogs, after a similar incident involving a pig-hunting dog recently.

The 64-year-old retired police officer said he was concerned what might have happened if the pack had come across a child.

He called on owners of dangerous dogs to keep their pets secured.

With his North Booval house currently unsafe to live in due to flood damage, Mr Raatz left his home on Tuesday night with the sheep alive and well.

It was on his return yesterday morning that he found the bloody scene – three sheep dead in the morning with the tell-tale dog-attack signs of vicious bite marks around the necks of the sheep.

Another two had to be put down later that day.

He guessed the attack would have lasted for at least an hour.

“I don’t know how they survived the initial attack,” Mr Raatz said.

“It must have been a pack of dogs, judging by the bites; they go for the necks.

“To attack animals like this, they must have been in a real frenzy.”

Prior to the attack, the sheep had survived January’s devastating floods.

While the flood waters raced up on Mr Raatz’s property, damaging and moving the stilts supporting his house, all six sheep managed to find a nearby mound.

From there they were whisked away before the waters climbed any higher and were placed in another resident’s backyard until the disaster was over.

And only about three months ago a ewe that died in Tuesday night’s incident only just survived another dog attack.

Mr Raatz said he didn’t think the ewe would survive that first attack, but said it had been carefully nursed back to health, only to die yesterday in a similar incident.

“It’s just a shame, it really is, considering what they’ve been through recently,” Mr Raatz said.

“This kind of thing shouldn’t be happening. People should keep their dogs under control.”

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