A BRANDY Hill woman is devastated after wild dogs came within 20 metres of her home and ripped apart her 17-month-old alpaca Alice.
Helen Hising heard the attack about 3.30am on Wednesday, July 2.
She went outside to find the alpaca near death and had to call in a vet to put Alice down.
“I am sick to death, saddened and angry,” she said.
This is not the first time Ms Hising has experienced a wild dog attack.
She has lost seven sheep, had livestock injured and her pet dog Murphy attacked twice.
“If I was in a rural area, I would expect this,” she said.
“But I live in a semi-rural place and it was always our dream to have a little farm with animals.
“We are at the point of getting rid of all our loved, well-cared for animals because of this senseless destruction by these feral animals.”
Ms Hising reported the attacks to the Hunter Local Land Services, which hear of “regular wild dog sightings” in the Seaham-Wallalong area according to Hunter manager of biosecurity Jane Edwards.
“We did see a spike about six to 12 months ago in the Seaham, Wallalong area,” she said.
“As a result we instigated a large-scale 1080 baiting program.”
The local land service also uses traps to keep wild dog populations low.
Ms Hising’s property is too small to legally bait on so she has to rely on the co-ordinated baiting efforts of neighbouring landholders.
“I am at my wit’s end to know what to do next.”