Sixteensheep have been killed, and 23more injured after dogs attacked a flock at Macintyre High School.

The incident occurred at the school farm, which stretches from Swanbrook Road toward Brissett Street,and was discovered early on Monday morning.

“(It was) very bad. Carnage everywhere,” agricultural teacher Deb Snaith said.

Police were called to the farmat 8.55am and identified several dead sheep.

“It’s a big loss of sheep, a significant attack,” council ordinance officer Dennis McMahon said.

Mr McMahon said eight sheep were found dead atthe scene andanother eight were euthanised.

Afurther23 sheep,including ewes and lambs, required veterinarian treatment.

Mr McMahon said two dogs were impounded and their owners had beenlocated. Acouncil investigation is ongoing.

“We had 14 lambs – 10 are dead,” Ms Snaithsaid.

“Thirteen (sheep) got sutured, and then probably another 10 had to get treated for scratches and whatnot.Sowe’re basically left with one ewe that wasn’t bitten. And then we have our Merino wethers and lambs – fortunately only three of them were injured, but the rest were ok.”

“I mean the really distressing thing is they’re stud sheep. It’s some of our new sheep we’ve just purchased. You know, they’re pretty valuable animals.”

The full financial cost is unknown, however some of the lambs killed were from ewes each valued at $800-$1000, with a potential loss to the school of up to $10,000.

Ms Snaithsaid such attacks were unfortunately part of the risk the school took in keeping sheep. Macintyre High School faced a similar incident five years ago, which wiped out most of their sheep and three alpacas.

“They’re such an important part of education for the students, and it’s just the risk you take,” Ms Snaith said.

She said the dogs were simply following their instincts.“You can’t really be angry at the dogs,” she said.

Ms Snaith believed it was a sad situation for everyone, including the dogs owners.

Ros Martin, a practice manager at Gowrie Vet Clinic, assisted the vet on Tuesday morningand said it was an unfortunate incident. Ms Martin warnedlocal dog owners to “be vigilant and make sure you’ve got your yard secure”.

Police have reminded dog ownersto keep their animals under effective control.

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