Zoo staff discovered two medium sized dogs in the Children’s Farm exhibit during Thursday morning rounds: a pit bull and a white and brown pit bull-terrier mix. When approached by staff, the dogs escaped under the perimeter fence where they appeared to have entered the zoo.
"They knew what they were doing and where they wanted to come in," said General Curator Mark Shaw.
Five animals are dead as the veterinarian watches over the five injured farm animals fighting potential infections from the bites.
"They need to be chained up and fenced in. This is for children and adults," said Grandparent Margo Rowe.
Rowe frequents the zoo and the park across the street with her grandaughter and is uneasy about the dogs that are still on the loose.
"They're vicious," she said. "They need to be caught and put down."
Animal control set a trap just outside the farm animal exhibit hoping to catch the dogs if they come back but Shaw says by now there's no telling where the dogs could be.
"Once an animal gets that taste or whatever you know they can become aggressive and you have to be careful of them," he said.Zoo staff regularly inspects the entire perimeter fence for breaches and reinspected the fence again Thursday morning to prevent the dogs or any other animal from entering the Zoo perimeter.