A LEETON family has expressed their dismay and shock after their pet sheep were mauled by two unidentified dogs on the weekend.
Jenny Collins lives on Grevillia Road with her husband, which is normally a quiet area with lots of space and open land.
The couple keep six sheep as pets on their land.
That peace and quiet was however disrupted around 2am on Saturday.
The pair were woken by the sound of dogs barking close by, which is unusual given they don't own any dogs themselves.
"We heard the dogs barking, so we went outside and saw they had two of our younger sheep cornered up at the back of the shed," Mrs Collins said.
"We chased them out, they went through the paddock and took off. We couldn't find the rest of our sheep, so we had to go out in the ute into the paddock where we found them.
"They had all been attacked by the dogs. One died and there's another one we don't think will survive at the moment."
The Collins' could again hear dogs barking so continued to investigate, spotting them in Petersham Road in another person's yard attacking another sheep.
"We yelled out at them, there were two of them, and they took off," Mrs Collins said.
"One looked like a black kelpie cross and the other one was a brown-coloured dog.
"It was dark, we couldn't see too much."
The sheep are not only beloved pets but they are also known as being best friends to the couple's grandchildren.
"It's just devastating and really hard to see," Mrs Collins said.
"We just want people to keep their animals and dogs secure at all times so this doesn't happen to anyone else."
The incident was reported to Leeton Shire Council's rangers who are investigating the incident.
"Council reminds all residents of their legal responsibility to take all reasonable precautions to prevent their dogs from escaping from the property on which it is being kept," manager of planning, building and health Francois Van Der Berg said.