A pack of 10 stray dogs entered a sheep pen having 32 head of sheep and killed 10 of them. Four survived the attack and were taken to the veterinary wing of the Government Tindivanam Hospital.
The incident took place at Melpakkam near Tindivanam in the small hours of Monday.
According to sources, Kanniyappan (57), the shepherd, heard dogs barking outside his house at around 2.30 am. His wife Suloarmani (45) went to the pen to check and saw the dogs on the rampage.
On seeing blood all over the enclosure, Suloarmani fainted. Soon, Kanniyappan came looking for her and saw her unconscious. He immediately grabbed a log and tried to club the dogs, but they escaped.
Later, the shepherd sprinkled water on Suloarmani and she regained consciousness.
Local residents said there had been at least 10 cases of stray dog attacks on humans in the last 10 days or so in the area. They said the dog menace has created fear among the people. When contacted, Mepakkam village panchayat chairman M Kasiammal said that the panchayat meeting had taken a decision to end the menace with the help of the Tindivanam Town municipality.
Meanwhile, veterinary doctor Kuruvaiya, attending to the injured sheep, said the animals were recovering.
The carcasses of the other sheep were buried in a nearby land, sources said.