FUNKSTOWN — Two pit bulls killed several sheep at a Funkstown-area farm over the weekend, Maryland State Police said.
The dogs are believed to be family owned and not strays, according to a state police news release.
Police were called to the farm at 116 Old National Pike shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday after the farm’s owner, Joseph Frey, arrived to tend to the farm and was confronted by two large pit bulls, which chased him into a barn, police said.
Frey was able to shut the barn door and keep the dogs from entering, but discovered several sheep in the barn who had been attacked and mauled during the night, police said.
Other sheep in the field also had been attacked, police said.
Twelve sheep were killed and eight were injured, police said.
While in the barn, Frey was able to call his son, who responded with a rifle to scare off the dogs, police said. One of the dogs was killed and the other ran toward Funkstown, police said.
The second dog was found later Sunday afternoon on Green Street in Funkstown, police said. The owner was contacted at that residence and the missing animal was confirmed to be there, along with two other pit bulls, police said. An investigation is continuing, police said Sunday night.
The Humane Society of Washington County will be investigating, police said.