Yvonne Fladrick with her last goat Bilbo after the four other pregnant goats were killed by dogs.
Yvonne Fladrick with her last goat Bilbo after the four other pregnant goats were killed by dogs. Alistair Brightman

Killer dogs on the prowl attacking goats in Urangan

UNTIL two weeks ago, Bilbo the billy goat was living the dream.

With four girlfriends expecting kids and five acres of grass to chew through, life on Island View Dr was shaping up well until two roaming dogs came in and savaged his family.

Bilbo's owner Yvonne Fladrick knew something was wrong when she heard the neighbour's dogs barking one night earlier this month but it only when her husband Bill went out on his tractor the following morning that he made the gruesome discovery.

One of the dead nanny goats found floating in the dam at the Island View Dr property in Urangan.
One of the dead nanny goats found floating in the dam at the Island View Dr property in Urangan.

While attackers weren't still on scene, the Fladricks were sure two aggressive neighbourhood prowlers - a german shepherd and cattle dog said to have menaced neighbouring calves and chooks - were responsible.

A council officer came out and photographed the goats and tracked the accused offenders back to their property where, according to councillor Robert Garland, owners were fined for roaming dogs.

After repeat visits from the dogs the Fladricks went into the the Fraser Coast Council's Hervey Bay office on Friday where they were told there was no report of their goats being killed on file.

Last night, a council representative confirmed a report on the goats was not on file but investigations were under way to find the paperwork.

Cr Garland said compliance officers were patrolling the area and urged dog owners to ensure their pets were fenced or restrained.

Mrs Fladrick said she did not want to buy new goats just so "dogs can chew them up" and hoped the culprits were caught soon so Bilbo could have a family again.


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