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More shocking pictures of dog-savaged chickens in Kingussie

By Tom Ramage

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Another of the Kingussie families shocked by the recent attacks on their chickens has released pictures of the devastation caused by uncontrolled dogs in the area.

Ardbroilach Road: slaughtered
Ardbroilach Road: slaughtered

Last week the Strathy revealed how one couple's 'pet' chickens had all been slaughtered in their coop, which sits fenced off from a field in the Dunbarry Road area of the Badenoch capital.

Despite a wire fence some metre and a half high the unidentified animal had broken its way in and killed all the hens, leaving a trail of devastation on its way.

Ali Leiper said it had happened before and it still sickened them that some dogs in the area were allowed to roam free and unleashed.

"This is so frustrating and difficult to deal with," she said. "And now we have discovered another home, a chap on Ardbroilach Road, who has also had chickens killed recently.

"They had six mauled to death.

"There was a bit of snow on the ground at the time and there were paw prints all over it, so they have evidence it was a dog."

The Strathy has since been contacted by Scott Fraser, who said: "I'm the 'chap on Ardbroilach Road' mentioned in the article in the latest Strathy and thought I'd give you some more information.

Devastated: the dog who did this left pawprints
Devastated: the dog who did this left pawprints

"We had six hens killed on Sunday, January 21. I let them out of their coop into their run at 7am and around 9am I noticed feathers nearby and went to investigate and found them all dead.

"A neighbour who works as a stalker had a look and both the nature of the attack and the paw prints convinced us it was a dog attack.

"The hens are strictly speaking livestock, but they were also our grandchildren Calum and Isla's pets, which is quite sad for them."

Mr Fraser stresssed: "I don't want to see anyone have their dog put down over this and therefore I was hesitant to report it. Dog owners in the area who walk their dogs in Tom Baraidh woods and the field are normally exceptionally responsible.

Carnage in Kingussie
Carnage in Kingussie

"We've had a couple of single hen attacks over the years and the dog owners immediately 'fessed up, which I respect. "Now with Ali and Simon Leiper's hens attacked close by, it seems there is a rogue dog that needs to be controlled better by their owner.

"Interestingly both attacks took place on Sunday mornings...."

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