Published: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 - 9:45 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 - 7:35 pm
LANCASTER, Calif. -- Animal control officials called to a corral north of Los Angeles found a gruesome scene. Inside were 42 dead goats and three of the pit bulls that had slaughtered them.
Those three dogs were in Los Angeles County animal control custody in good condition Monday, but authorities were looking for a fourth, as well as their owner, said Danny Ubario, manager of the Lancaster Animal Care Center.
The dogs were running free with no collars or tags and may be strays, Ubario told City News Service.
The pit bulls entered the pen near Lake Los Angeles with about 50 goats inside Monday. They had fatally mauled 42 of them before they were discovered.
"It appears that the pack mentality set in," Aaron Reyes, deputy director of the Department of Animal Care and Control, told the Los Angeles Times. "They just fed off one another's energy and mischievous behavior."
Three of the dogs remained in the corral when animal control arrived.
The goats' owner took the carcasses to an animal shelter to dispose of them.
"This is a tragic incident and completely avoidable," said Marcia Mayeda, the county's director of animal control.
"When dogs run at large, particularly in packs, they tend to act up," Mayeda told City News Service. "Sometimes that mentality results in tragedy."
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