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PETA offers reward for info leading to conviction of alpaca, llama killers

POSTED: July 6, 2014 12:00 p.m.
Special photo/For the 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 national animal rights group is stepping up to help find the people involved in killing a llama and alpaca.

PETA announced last week that they were offering $5,000 for information that leads to the conviction of the people involved in the killings of llama Patches and alpaca Sandi Lynn. The animals were shot June 28 at the Gilliland’s Heritage Alpacas in Hoschton.

"The cold-blooded killings of these animals were acts of extreme violence, and the perpetrators should be dealt with accordingly," PETA Director Martin Mersereau said in a news release. "It's imperative that these killers be apprehended and taken off the streets."

The Gilliland’s have also offered a reward that will be combined with PETA’s reward. The deaths came as a shock to the family where visitors come to see the farm the animals and gift shop.

Sandi Lynn was an award winning alpaca while the 500 pounds Patches lived on the property for five years helping guard the alpacas. Patches was trapped in a corner before being shot.

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

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

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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