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NDSU goes after Owner of Dogs who attacked Sheep

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UPDATE: May 8, 2013 7:00 a.m.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota State University plans to seek compensation from the owner of two dogs that attacked a flock of sheep inside a research barn.

The attack Tuesday left a dozen sheep dead. Seven were killed by the two huskies and five others were injured and had to be euthanized. Another six were injured but remain alive and are being treated.

NDSU Animal Sciences head Greg Lardy says the loss likely will be in the thousands of dollars. He says the loss also is tough on staff and students who "care very passionately about the animals."

The owner of the dogs was not immediately identified. Authorities planned to cite the owner for having a dog running at large, an infraction punishable by up to a $500 fine.

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May 7, 2013 6:00 p.m.

Authorities say seven sheep are dead after two dogs entered a North Dakota State University research barn and attacked the animals.

Campus police Lt. Greg Stone says employees discovered the dogs when they showed up for work about 8:00 Tuesday morning at the barn northwest of the main NDSU campus.

Stone says some of the sheep had been killed and others had to be euthanized because of injuries. At least two others were being treated for injuries.

An animal control officer from the Fargo Police Department captured the dogs, who were still there when the students arrived. The dogs were impounded and returned to their owners.

The loss of the sheep will cost the university thousands of dollars, but instructors say they were worth more than that.

"Our student workers, our employees there care deeply about the sheep," Dead of the NDSU Animal Sciences Department Greg Lardy said. "They work hard to care for the sheep and so they are affected by it they are hurt by it."

The dogs were tagged, but animal control is not sharing where they came from or what actions will be taken against owners. Earlier, officers said they would be looking into laws and ordinances the owners could be charged with.

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