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Alpaca, llama killed at Hoschton farm

POSTED: July 2, 2014 1:00 p.m.
Stanley Dunlap/Barrow County News

The owners of Gilliland’s Heritage Alpacas in Hoschton are seeking assistance in finding the people responsible for killing alpaca Sandi Lynn (far right) and llama Patches last week.

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A routine night at Gilliland's Heritage Alpacas in Hoschton turned tragic last week when an alpaca and llama were discovered dead.

The owners of Gilliland's Heritage Alpacas are offering a reward for information that leads to a conviction for those involved in killing Patches, a llama, and alpaca Sandi Lynn. Shortly after 1 a.m. Friday a volunteer found the two dead when she came to check on the animals.

Sandi Lynn, an award winning alpaca valued at $30,000, had a titanium rod in her leg as a result of a broken leg when she was six months old. The 500 pound

Patches that lived on the property for five years was trapped in a corner before being shot.

"He was a great guard and I’m sure he did everything he could to protect the animals," owner Angie Gilliland said. "There had to be more than one person to get him trapped."

Initially it looked like the animals had been stabbed, but they were shot by a small caliber gun.

An investigator with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office surmised that the Patches, whose ear was badly cut, was the first animal killed. It appears that some alpacas were chased before Sandi Lynn was shot in her lung and made it a few feet before collapsing.

A fund for the reward has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank and by Monday afternoon the amount had reached $870.

"Them not stealing anything lets us know they came there with the purpose of hurting animals," Gilliland said.


What to know:

Anyone with information on the deaths of alpaca Sandi Lynn and llama Patches is asked to contact the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office at 770-307-3080.

A donation to the reward fund can be made at Wells Fargo Bank under Gilliland’s Heritage Alpacas Donation Account. The account number is 162 741 4640.



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1 comment
Hmmm: July 2, 2014 2:40 p.m.

Horse, donkey and now a lama & alpaca shot and killed... There is a pattern with barrow neighbors maiming and killing without any fear of procession



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