RCMP say two dogs missing on Vancouver Island were shot and killed after they allegedly attacked sheep, including one that will likely need to be euthanized.
Around 9:50 a.m. Sunday, ROAM, a registered charity specializing in reuniting lost pets with their owners, posted to Facebook saying Freckles, a Pitpull, and Skye, a Rottweiler, were missing in Cobble Hill.
The dogs were last seen about an hour earlier.
Then, shortly before noon, Shawnigan Lake RCMP received a report about two dogs that were roaming at large without an owner, “allegedly attacking sheep on Cobble Hill Road,” according to police in a statement Monday.
“Under the Livestock Act, a person is authorized to protect their livestock under specific circumstances, such as seen in this case,” they said.
RCMP tell CHEK News the owner of the livestock subsequently shot the dogs, and both suffered fatal injuries. Mounties say at least one sheep “will likely need to be euthanized due to the extent of its injuries.”
The Livestock Act states, “a person may kill a dog if the person finds the dogs running at large and attacking or viciously pursuing livestock.”
RCMP urge pet owners “to take measures to ensure their dogs cannot roam free to prevent similar tragedies or involvement in motor vehicle collisions.”