Farm owner fears more deadly dog attacks after funds cut in Darlington County

Farm owner fears more deadly dog attacks after funds cut in Darlington County (Image 1)

The owner of an alpaca farm in Darlington County says he is losing some of his animals. The county cut the animal control officer’s budget and that could mean more dogs roaming in neighborhoods or farms.  

The farm owner says the dogs are killing his livestock.

“They climb the fence and they get in and they just maul them to death,” says Alex Stephens, who owns the alpaca farm.

The county’s only animal control officer had his overtime cut in half last December, to $2,000.

“If I don’t have all my traps laid out and I get a call, obviously it’s going to affect me,” says Dale Dilling, Darlington County’s Animal Control Officer.

“If you don’t get these strays off the street of the county, all they’re going to do is multiply, cause problems, tear up garbage, get into people’s yards,” Dilling says.

The county says they’re trying to alleviate the problem by only having the officer in unincorporated parts of the county, and having local municipalities deal with dogs on their own.

But Stephens says he hopes more funding is restored to the animal control officer.

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