NEW MARKET, Md. (WJZ) — Dangerous dogs–terrorizing parts of Central Maryland. Frederick County farmers say a pair of dogs on the loose has killed dozens of their animals.

The dogs have struck four different times in New Market. Now officers are trying to stop the dogs before they kill more livestock.

Rochelle Ritchie has more from the community on edge.

Frederick Animal Control believes two dogs are targeting defenseless animals, animals that are–for some–their livelihood.

The landscape of rolling hills and farmland may not look like much of a threat, but it’s what you don’t see that has residents on edge.

“I think it’s dangerous to have these dogs running around. I hope they catch them,” said Glen Huston.

Frederick County Animal Control is on the lookout for two large dogs that have gone on a killing spree, attacking dozens of small animals.

“March 27 through April 1, this past Monday, the Animal Control Division has investigated four separate incidents of dogs that have attacked livestock,” said Harold Domer.

So far, the duo has killed nine goats, 12 rabbits and several chickens.

Frederick County residents are not only concerned about family pets and farm animals, they’re concerned the dogs could cause them financial loss.

“If we lost one calf, that’s $800,” said Mike Savage.

Animal Control is not sure if the dogs belong to anyone, but says the law gives owners of livestock the right to protect by any means necessary.

“Dogs that were actively aggressively attacking livestock, the livestock owner under Maryland law is able to take corrective action, including killing the dogs,” said Domer.

The dogs have been spotted before and appear to weigh between 55 to 75 pounds with reddish brown fur. The good news is they don’t appear to be after people.

If the dogs do belong to someone, those owners  could face several charges.

If you do see any dogs similar to the description, you are not to approach the animals. Instead, call Frederick County Animal Control at 301-600-1544.

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