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By Todd Martin
Landmark News Service
The planned autopsy on a calf that was one of the mysteriously attacked animals in Waddy has been cancelled.
Tony Carriss, the magistrate for District 6 who has helped gather information and lead an investigation into the attacks, said he went to look at Robert Green’s calf just before noon on Tuesday, but another animal had attacked it since its death on Sunday.
“It was left out in front of a barn, and something – a dog or coyote or raccoon or something – got a hold of it on the jaw where it had been attacked the first time and just ripped it off,” Carriss said. “It could have been anything, but I didn’t really see any point in sending it for an autopsy if something else had gotten a hold of it.”
So the search remains for the animal or animals responsible for attacking several goats and calves in the Waddy area, primarily on Ditto Road. Between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6 attacks at several different locations have resulted in at least five goats being euthanized and now one calf dying because of their wounds.
The attacks have focused on the faces of the animals, including ears and tongues being ripped off.
A meeting with residents Monday at the Waddy Ruritan Club left most in attendance believing the attacks were the work of one or more dogs. And speculation is that either knowingly or not, the dog has been put away or put down by its owner. There has not been an attack reported since Dec. 6.
However, Carriss said the opportunity for autopsy still stands.
“If there is another – and I hope we don’t have another one – but if there is, we’ll have an autopsy done,” Carriss said.
He also added that some of the other animals that were attacked are doing well and look to be recovering.
“We have told people, though, that if they do take a turn for the worse or start to get sick, to let us know immediately,” he said. “We need to know if something turns out to be sick or if it has rabies or anything.”
Although the autopsy opportunity came up short, Carriss said there was another possible lead.
“We did get a call yesterday saying there’s a pack of dogs running around on the Anderson County line, and that they were tearing up a deer,” he said.
However, Bradley King, the animal shelter supervisor, Thursday said that search also came up empty.
“There was a sighting of a pack of dogs that had a young deer cornered, but by the time we got out there, they were gone, and there was no deer,” he said. “We did get a description. They said the color scheme of the dogs, black with brown, looked like they could be in relation to a Rottweiler.”
King added that if a pack of wild dogs is in the area, they wouldn’t stay in the same place long.
“If it is wild dogs, they move around quite a bit, and it’ll be tough to track them,” he said.
But Carriss said the community efforts would help.
“The good thing is we have a lot more people and lot more cameras watching now,” Carriss said.