The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office searched unsuccessfully on Thursday for a pack of vicious dogs responsible for killing more than 200 livestock in French Camp.
Sheriff’s deputies and animal control officers canvassed a concentrated area of French Camp in four-wheel-drive vehicles looking for the dogs and laying traps to catch them.
On Wednesday, a Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed one pit bull in a creek bed near the attacks. But roughly six to eight pit bulls, a golden retriever and some coyote mixes remain at large, said Deputy Les Garcia, spokesman of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.
They’ve been responsible for four attacks since April 19 that have killed hundreds of livestock, including chickens, ducks and goats.
Garcia said the Sheriff’s department will continue looking for the aggressive pack through the weekend, if necessary.
“It’s not just a livestock issue,” he said. “Even though we don’t have any potential threat to humans, we don’t want to wait until that occurs. So we’re doing everything we can to mitigate that.”
With the help of the Stockton Livestock Auction Yard, the Sheriff’s department set up traps overnight, but they didn’t yield any dogs.
The Sheriff’s department set up more traps in fields and at the livestock auction yard Thursday afternoon.
It’s been more than 24 hours since any dogs were spotted, Garcia said. So the Sheriff’s department has expanded their search area.
“Hopefully somebody will see them and call the Sheriff’s office or our deputies, or animal control services will locate them,” Garcia said.
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