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Dog attack blamed for slaughter of farm animals at Detroit school

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Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit

Animal cruelty Investigators say the brutal attack that killed more than a dozen farm animals at a Detroit school was caused by another animal and was not done by humans.

The Michigan Humane Society Cruelty Investigation staff was called in after five goats and eight chickens were killed at the farm operated at the Catherine Ferguson Academy. The school in the 2700 block of Selden in Detroit is for pregnant and parenting teens.

Veterinary investigators have now determined the wounds on the animals were consistent with dog bites. It's unknown if the attack involved a single dog or several animals, and it's unclear on how the dog or dogs got inside the gates.

"During our investigation, we found holes in the fence, and there's some inconsistencies as to whether the gates for the pen for the goat[s] was kept locked or not," said Michigan Humane Society Animal Cruelty Investigator Mark Ramos.

Many were suspicious at the timing of the animal attack at the farm, saying the nearby school had recently been the target of protests by those criticizing the way the academy is being run. The girls do farm work and sell what they produce at community farm markets.

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