Yuba County Animal Control officers are searching for two dogs that attacked and killed seven alpacas on the Yuba College farm this morning.
College officials reported that the attack occurred about 6 a.m. Veterinary technology faculty members Scott Haskell and Bonnie Loghry saw two large, black dogs running from the scene but were unable to catch them.
The dogs were able to get to the alpacas by digging under the fence. Fencing on the farm is old, and although it is strong enough to keep animals in, it is not strong enough to keep predators out, according to a college news release.
"We were just shocked when we came upon the incident this morning," Haskell said in a written statement. "All of our students heard about it and very quickly came out to the college to see how they could help. This is very upsetting to all of us here at the college and especially all of us involved in the vet tech program."
Veterinrary technology students care for and learn from the alpacas. Cost of replacing the seven animals is estimated a $1,500 to $2,000 each.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution to help replace the alpacas that were killed can send a donation to the Yuba College Foundation Veterinary Technology Fund, 2088 North Beale Road, Marysville, CA 95901.