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Saint Bernards kill 11 goats, 1 alpaca at Rochester-area farm

All 11 goats were believed to have been pregnant.

Eleven goats and an alpaca are dead after being attacked by two dogs earlier this week. 

According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, an animal complaint was called in at 6:42 p.m. Monday in the 3800 block of Darcy Dr. NE in Haverhill Township on a report of two St. Bernards killing goats. 

The large dogs escaped from a fenced-in yard on the 100 block of 17th St. NE in Rochester, then roamed 4-6 miles before entering a barn in the community that borders northeast Rochester. 

Olmsted County Sheriff's Captain Scott Behrns told KAAL-TV that a worker arrived at the farm and heard an animal screaming, moments later finding an alpaca bloodied and missing its lower jaw. 

The man then witnessed the two dogs attacking goats, prompting him to run for his shotgun. He returned with the gun and saw the dogs still attacking, so he shot and killed one of the dogs and then fired another round, striking the other dog in the leg. That dog ran away and was later tracked down and taken to a vet. 

It's not clear if the dog survived the injury or was euthanized. 

All 11 goats killed were believed to have been pregnant, the Rochester Post Bulletin reportsAccording to the KIMT, the goats were valued at $100 each and the alpaca was worth $2,000. 

The owner of the dogs, who was cited for Animal at Large under Haverhill Township, told KAAL-TV that the pets didn't have a history of being aggressive around other animals or people. 

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