Dogs In Alpaca Mauling Stolen On Eve Of Euthanization

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ESSEX, VA—Two dogs that were scheduled to be euthanized after a herd of Alpacas were from the pound.

The dogs were stolen before they could be euthanized, when the Essex County Pound was broken into. It happened sometime between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

In August, Wes and Abbey Gauvin came to their Essex County Alpaca Farm and discovered what they describe as the most grotesque sight of their lives.

“The ones that weren’t dead were just sitting straight up with half their faces mangled off of them, limbs missing,” Abbey Gauvin said of the scene.

says two of his neighbors pit bulls were still inside the alpaca’s fence.

Of the 15 alpacas in the herd, 10 were either killed in the mauling or had to be put down due to their injuries. Three of the alpacas have since passed away; the herd is now down to just two.

An Essex County judge, saying there was no question in his mind that the dogs are the ones response for the attack, ordered the pitt bulls to the euthanized.

8News spoke to Alonzo Normon, the dogs’ owner, who contends his dogs, one of which was captured inside the pen with the wounded and dead alpacas and the other which was seen at the scene, likely just wandered onto his neighbor’s property in the wake of the attack.

The Gauvins say they won’t rest easy until the dogs are put down. Meanwhile, they’re trying to remember the good time with their pets.

“They were not just live stock; they were pets, and we grew attached to each and every one of them,” Abbey Gauvin said.

Stay with 8News for updates.


Copyright 2012 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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