Martin Peace (left) and John Bird said domestic dogs were responsible for savage attacks on sheep.
Martin Peace (left) and John Bird said domestic dogs were responsible for savage attacks on sheep. Craig Warhurst

Martin's defence on killer canines

LOSING sheep to dog attacks is a regular occurrence out on Martin Peace's property at Cooran.

He's shot 15 dogs in his paddock in the last six months, but that doesn't compare to the number of sheep slaughtered over the years.

“I lost 20 sheep in one night,” Mr Peace said.

He killed the two Dobermans responsible for the attack that night.

“I think I've lost about 80 sheep altogether...last week dogs killed another seven. In most cases they've been (domestic) dogs but in the last four years we have lost six sheep to dingoes.”

His friend John Bird said the difference was the method used to kill.

“Dingoes go for the jugular and normally kill for a feed. They don't leave much,” he said.

“Most of these sheep had big bites on the back of the head and hind legs and left to die.”

Mr Peace said he had advice from the local police, and relevant government departments to shoot dogs on his property.

He said any breed found on his property would get a bullet and Dobermans, German shepherds and cattle dogs had met their end.

Gympie Times


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