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Call to help identify dogs photographed on Orangeville property

GREATER Sydney Local Land Services is calling on the community to help identify two large domestic dogs photographed on an Orangeville farm.

The dogs were recently captured by motion detector cameras on farmer Eric Rudd’s property, following a spate of attacks on his stock.

Senior Biosecurity Officer Lee Parker said last month Eric lost more than 40 lambs in four separate attacks as a result of domestic dogs.

“We have been running a coordinated wild dog baiting campaign with Eric and 30 other landholders for more than a year and were having great success in reducing losses in the region, Eric had not lost any animals since we started our campaign until now,” he said.

Mr Parker said he knew the dogs photographed were domestic due to the obvious health and tidy appearance.

“I have seen plenty of wild dogs in my time and they look nothing like this, they aren’t well fed and they certainly don’t have shiny coats. It is so important people keep their pets secure at night time to prevent these unnecessary losses from happening,” he said.

Mr Rudd said the Greater Sydney Local Land Services team had gone above and beyond to help protect his property and livestock.

“They have come out and inspected the property after every attack, set up cameras and helped me understand what I can do as a landholder to prevent this sort of thing happening,” he said.

Mr Parker said he had been doorknocking neighbouring properties with photos of the dogs to try and identify them.

“We need support from the community and I would urge anyone who recognises these animals to get in touch with us immediately,” he said.

“While we would much prefer to work with other landholders to ensure dogs are effectively contained the owners are still responsible and under the Companion Animals Act dogs can be destroyed for simply being on private property whether they are to blame for the attacks or not.”

To contact Greater Sydney Local Land Services ph: 4724 2100.

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Media contact: Nikki McGrath (02) 4724 2138 M: 0448 953 755