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Toll from second sheep massacre expected to rise
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2014, 07:47:00 PM »
 Toll from second sheep massacre expected to rise 

By ONE News Reporter Max Bania
Published: 2:41PM Tuesday July 01, 2014 Source: ONE News
The death toll from a second sheep massacre in North Otago within a week is likely to rise to 23.

Police initially found 15 dead sheep on the property near Ngapara, while a handful more were wounded and will have to be euthanised. It follows the massacre of 195 sheep on a nearby farm last week.

Detective Warren Duncan of Oamaru police says the case is unlike any he has encountered in his 28-year career.

"There are initial indications the shootings are linked", he says, adding that they occurred just 1.5km apart.

Detective Duncan says it is understandable that many in the community are frightened.

However, he is urging the public to remain calm and vigilant, and not to take the law into their own hands.

"The last thing we need is farmers driving round with shotguns," he says.

The owner of the farm, John Dodd, was devastated by the loss of stock - including valuable stud rams - which will likely run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

"This is 60 years of breeding lost," he says. "These are completely harmless animals."

Police believe a firearm had been used to carry out both sets of killings, but are appealing for more information from the public.

A scene examination at the second farm is expected to be completed today.