LANE COUNTY, Ore. --- The rancher who lost 44 sheep after an animal attack believes the dogs that were put down after a separate sheep attack are to blame.
Leslie Anthone lost the majority of her sheep while they were grazing at a pasture on Clear Lake Road west of Eugene in early April.
At least four other sheep were killed on Wednesday in a field off of Fir Butte Road, not far from where Anthone's sheep were killed. Brittanie Thornbrugh said she saw the dogs attack the sheep on Wednesday and said at least four were injured.
"We went and checked on them this morning," Thornbrugh said. "They're still here today, so we're just going to see how that will go."
The Lane County Sheriff's Office told KEZI 9 News the dogs responsible for Wednesday's attack were put down by their owner and the owner could face a citation as early as Friday.
KEZI 9 News talked to the dogs’ owner, who said he’s devastated. Thornbrugh said the owner visited them after the attack to apologize.
At this time officials don't believe the dogs in Wednesday attack are responsible for the killing of Anthone's sheep, but she believes they are.
"I have sympathy for the dog owners also, but it wasn't solved when it first happened," Anthone said.