WHEELERSBURG, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Pet owners know how strong the connection can be with animals. When that pet is lost, for many, it's like losing a family member.
In Wheelersburg Monday morning, five 4-H future prize winning lambs -- potentially worth a lot of money -- were killed by a pack of wild dogs. Middle and high school 4H members came home from school to blood and broken hearts.
"This has never happened to me before," 4-H member Brianna Boggs said, crying. "One day they're here, they they're gone."
Those tears were a testament to the heartbreak of a child, losing their pet.
That heartbreak was multiplied by five, because all five 4-H members lost a friend, and months of hard work.
The 4-H members come home from school every day to walk, feed and teach the lambs how to behave properly in preparation for the Scioto County Fair in August. They spend hours every day, and months every year preparing.
4-H Adviser Tammy Boggs and her husband love animals -- so much, they keep the lambs on their property in a special barn each year -- but Monday morning, they shot and killed a dog.
"We got a gun and came down here, they were still in the pen with the lambs," Boggs said. "He shot at it, got one, but we think one got away. We've had lambs here for 15 years and we're just really shocked that this has happened."
The lamb barn was home to the future prize winners, but now -- it will be nearby their graveyard.
Bogg's niece, Lana Perell, was one of the lamb owners. She said this attack leaves her a little panicked.
"It makes me worry because two of the dogs came when my aunt was down the hill," Perell said.
The attacks have also forced a change of plans, because since the lambs had already been tagged for the Scioto County Fair, it's too late to get new lambs for re-tagging. Boggs said she hopes the kids can put together a display of the lambs and the work they had already completed.
"Hopefully we can get another lamb somehow, maybe show it at the state fair," Brianna Boggs said.
The Boggs say they filled out a report with the dog warden in Scioto County. They said the dogs that attacked their lambs were big, with light colored hair -- and looked like Huskies.
WSAZ.com contacted the dog warden's office to discuss safety issues of violent, stray dogs, but an interview request was dismissed. WSAZ.com also contacted the County Commission, which is over the dog warden, but the secretary there also dismissed the request for an interview Monday.