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Johnson City zoo animals killed in attack

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Exotic Resort Zoo officers consider canines attacked and killed a number of sheep and lambs in the petting space of the Johnson City facility, which provides guided excursions to view and feed a wide range of animals. File photograph

Dogs attacked and killed 10 sheep and lambs in the Exotic Resort Zoo’s petting space in a single day Wednesday, Dec. 29, into Thursday, based on an official on the Johnson City attraction that gives excursions to view and feed a wide range of animals in addition to cabins for in a single day stays.

Manager Kali Trahan, whose household owns the resort, stated the losses are heavy and workers are investigating how the canines acquired in to allow them to defend the opposite animals.

“The ones that were affected were hand raised,” she stated of the sheep and lambs, who all had names. “They were bottle fed as babies. These were special ones.”

She stated the attacking animals had been positively canines, noting the canines “came running up” to a workers member who was feeding the zoo’s animals Thursday morning. 

“One hundred percent confident,” Trahan stated. “We monitor our fence line constantly. They must have found a hole. The petting zoo is enclosed in the middle of the property. They had to travel through at least one of our pastures.”

The canines are actually in a safe location, the place they are going to be checked for microchips with the intention of discovering the house owners. If zoo workers can’t find the house owners, the canines shall be taken to a shelter.

“We are devastated by the situation,” Trahan stated, “but it’s natural to (the dogs to attack prey animals). Right now, you feel like you missed something. But, we’ll do everything we can to make sure our babies are safe.”

According to a social media submit by the resort asserting the deaths of the animals, workers are additionally conscious {that a} customer may need recorded the aftermath of the assaults “with the intent to share and defame our name.” 

Trahan wouldn’t touch upon that.

Though workers really feel the losses deeply, the Exotic Resort Zoo, 235 Zoo Trail in Johnson City, is open for enterprise all through the New Year’s vacation weekend. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m., although guests are requested to reach no later than 4:30 p.m.

jfierro@thepicayune.com