Chicken 'carnage' at Kingston

Written By miftah nugraha on Jumat, 01 Maret 2013 | 19.55

A DOG has been shot dead by a property owner after it killed 39 chickens and four turkeys near Kingston today.

Other chickens drowned as they tried to escape.

Kingborough Council said compliance officers found a "scene of carnage" when they were called to the rural property.

They found at least 37 chickens, two roosters and the turkeys killed by the Siberian husky, which had roamed from an urban property about 3km away.

It was believed a large number of chickens drowned in the nearby dam when they tried to escape.

Council compliance co-ordinator Darren Pallot said he was appalled at the injuries.

"Our officers are very experienced and this was the worst case they had come across in a long time," he said.

"We are lucky that the property owner was able to stop the attack before more animals were killed or he himself was attacked.

"He was visibly shaken by the incident."

Mr Pallot said he was concerned there was a small group of irresponsible dog owners in the community that allowed their dogs to roam.

"Some owners just don't get it," he said.

"This is the second serious attack on defenceless animals in recent months and both could have been prevented by keeping the dogs secure."

It comes after 24 little penguins were killed by dogs near Kingston last July.

The husky's owner faces substantial fines and is liable to pay compensation to the poultry owner.

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