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Parker County authorities searching for dog pack that mauled calves

Authorities are trying to find a calf-killing pack of dogs in Parker County likely responsible for a dozen incidents in the past few years.

Parker County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home in the 100 block of North Longhorn Drive, south of Springtown, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday where the three calves were attacked in their enclosed pen. One of the calves died, according to a Parker County Sheriff’s Department news release.

A pack of two to six dogs is known to roam the area, the news release says, and authorities aren’t sure where the dogs live or whether they’re strays. The dogs have been reported a dozen times over the past several years for incidents including bites and aggressive behavior, the news release says. Four strays have been caught in the past two years and taken to the Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter.

In a prepared statement, Sheriff Larry Fowler said the dogs are a danger to the public and residents should not approach them, but report them to the Sheriff’s Department.

“Once again, this is a people problem, not an animal problem,” Fowler said. “This is a tragedy which could easily have been prevented if people would spay, neuter and vaccinate their pets, and follow the laws regarding keeping their dogs inside a secured area. If people are seeking to get rid of their pets, we strongly advise that they bring them to their local shelter to surrender them, and not dump them off in the county.”

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST