JACKSON, Miss. – Authorities captured four feral dogs who are believed to be behind an attack that killed several animals at the Jackson Zoo.
Zoo staff members say that animals were discovered early Friday morning and animal control officers were called to catch the dogs.
In all, one Addra Gazelle and five Springbok were killed. Both species are part of the antelope-gazelle family and found in parts of Africa.
Also, two spur-winged geese were injured in the attack.
“This is a sad day, and the hardest thing about it is it didn’t have to happen. The entire zoo’s animal care staff work very hard to give the best care to the collection of animals here at the zoo, and to have them killed this way is tragic,” Zoo director Beth Poff told WLBT. “There are people out there who have not taken responsibility for their dogs, and unfortunately we all have to suffer the consequences.”
At this point, zoo officials are not sure how the dogs got through the fence. They believe at least one feral dog remains on the loose.