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Published May 07, 2013, 09:29 PM

Two loose dogs attack sheep at NDSU research barn

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- NDSU students and employees stumbled onto a horrifying scene inside a research barn this morning. Two loose dogs, somehow, got inside a pen full of sheep and attacked the flock. Tonight, a dozen of the sheep are dead.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- NDSU students and employees stumbled onto a horrifying scene inside a research barn this morning. Two loose dogs, somehow, got inside a pen full of sheep and attacked the flock. Tonight, a dozen of the sheep are dead.

Around 8 A-M, two students, and an assistant manager found 7 sheep dead, 5 more were injured, and had to be put down. Six more are still being treated after the attack. Tonight, NDSU is still trying to figure out how they got in.

Greg Lardy-Professor of Animal Science: "When you have a dog attack, any loss is a great loss."

This research center, holds more than 500 sheep.

But for NDSU it's more than the number or how much they cost.

Lardy:"Our students, and student workers, our employees there care deeply about the sheep. They really work hard to care for the sheep and so, they're affected by it and they're hurt by it."

The university plans to take action against the canine's owners, and will pursue compensation for what they've lost.

Lardy: "They're used for research and teaching purposes."

Even after mauling the flock and animal control having to step in, the huskies were returned to their owners, who live in the Golden Ridge neighborhood.

Wally Steinhoff-F-M Dog Obedience School: "It's nature."

Obedience trainer, Wally Steinhoff says the dogs aren't necessarily vicious. In fact, this isn't even part of a killer instinct. It's just part of their ancestry.

Steinhoff: "That drive for food is there."

The research barn has been around since the early 1900's and in all that time, there's never been an attack like this.

Lardy:"it's disheartening to see this happen."

But from now on, NDSU promises, security will be tighter. Police cited the owners with two tickets. Both for each one of the dogs running at large, which could cost them up to 500 dollars.

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