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Pack of dogs kills pets and farm animals in Greenville County

West Greenville County residents say a pack of dogs is still on the loose after killing several pets and farm animals.When Bill Hall and his wife retired, they dreamt of running a small farm and bought a plot of land near their home in 2006. They started with chickens.”I bought an incubator and had my granddaughter hatch them out in her bedroom,” Hall said.And to continue bonding with their granddaughter, they raised baby goats. Little did they know, it would be short-lived.”Greenville is growing so fast, and the growth is generating a lot of unintended consequences,” said Greenville County Councilman Ennis Fant. “So wild dogs who may have stayed in the more wooded areas in the past, as more and more people come in, wild animals are being pushed more and more and being put into closer proximity with humans.”On one July morning, Hall took his dogs for a walk near the fenced-in goat pasture, and spotted a dog jumping the fence. The pasture was covered in blood, feathers, and fur.”The remnants of the massacre,” he said.He found 14 chickens grabbed by the neck and bitten. Goats were harmed, too. “A billy goat, mama goat, and two babies just slaughtered,” he said.This happened again later, twice, when Hall caught the dogs on camera after they’d killed four hogs, along with his neighbors’ sheep and pony, injuring two donkeys.”They’re not eating them,” Hall said. “They’re just killing them. These dogs are running loose.”Nearby neighbors, like the Zion Hill Baptist Church, are staying cautious. Danny Moore, pastor of the church, is worried the dogs are wild and could become a greater danger.”We have a playground that the kids play on. We’re concerned that the dogs could come in there at any time and maybe attack some children,” Moore said.At this point, officials haven’t confirmed if these dogs are wild or if they belong to someone. In Greenville County, you are required by law to keep your animals on your property or on a leash. If you see a wild animal near your home, call animal control immediately.

West Greenville County residents say a pack of dogs is still on the loose after killing several pets and farm animals.

When Bill Hall and his wife retired, they dreamt of running a small farm and bought a plot of land near their home in 2006. They started with chickens.

“I bought an incubator and had my granddaughter hatch them out in her bedroom,” Hall said.

And to continue bonding with their granddaughter, they raised baby goats. Little did they know, it would be short-lived.

“Greenville is growing so fast, and the growth is generating a lot of unintended consequences,” said Greenville County Councilman Ennis Fant. “So wild dogs who may have stayed in the more wooded areas in the past, as more and more people come in, wild animals are being pushed more and more and being put into closer proximity with humans.”

On one July morning, Hall took his dogs for a walk near the fenced-in goat pasture, and spotted a dog jumping the fence. The pasture was covered in blood, feathers, and fur.

“The remnants of the massacre,” he said.

He found 14 chickens grabbed by the neck and bitten. Goats were harmed, too.

“A billy goat, mama goat, and two babies just slaughtered,” he said.

This happened again later, twice, when Hall caught the dogs on camera after they’d killed four hogs, along with his neighbors’ sheep and pony, injuring two donkeys.

“They’re not eating them,” Hall said. “They’re just killing them. These dogs are running loose.”

Nearby neighbors, like the Zion Hill Baptist Church, are staying cautious. Danny Moore, pastor of the church, is worried the dogs are wild and could become a greater danger.

“We have a playground that the kids play on. We’re concerned that the dogs could come in there at any time and maybe attack some children,” Moore said.

At this point, officials haven’t confirmed if these dogs are wild or if they belong to someone. In Greenville County, you are required by law to keep your animals on your property or on a leash. If you see a wild animal near your home, call animal control immediately.

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