4 alpacas killed in dog attack


SPRING GROVE, Pa. (WHTM) – For 18 years, Beth Lutz has been caring for and working with alpacas, using their fiber to weave and spin into yarn. The Painted Spring Farm is quiet, with enough room for the alpacas to roam peacefully.

“Ironically, I tell everyone that comes to the farm that the only natural predator alpacas have would be dogs or coyotes in this area, but I say it without really believing that it could happen,” Lutz said.

On April 5, two dogs got through a wooden gate. Police confirmed a rottweiler-mix attacked five alpacas.

“It was sad. They all have some meaning and significance to our lives,” Lutz said. 

Two of the alpacas were often taken to events and youth programs. 

“The saddest one was the really, really friendly one. He literally was attacked sitting in the place where he sleeps and he was still sitting up,” said Lutz.

Two other alpacas had to be euthanized due to the extent of their injuries. Another is still fighting for life, with injuries to his face.

When one life ends, another begins. Today, an alpaca gave birth to a baby on the farm.

“That’s always a nice day, a nice way to start the day,” Lutz said. 

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