Officer kills sheep hurt apparently in dog attack

September 26, 1997

A county police officer shot and killed a sheep at a Pasadena farm yesterday after it and seven others apparently were attacked by dogs, county police said.

Judy and Marvin Payton, caretakers at a farm in the 200 block of Eagle Hill Road, called police about 6: 30 a.m. when they found one sheep dead and another seriously injured. Officer Ervin Lemaster shot the injured sheep.

The Paytons told the officer they suspected a neighbor's two pit bull dogs had attacked the sheep because the dogs killed three sheep last month.

When County Animal Control investigators checked on the dogs, both were secure in their pen, county spokesman John Morris said.

Morris said that after the attack last month, the owner was bTC ordered to pay restitution to the Paytons and to keep the animals in a double-secured pen.

He said that investigators are continuing their inquiry into the attack.

Pub Date: 9/26/97

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