67 Sheep Dead in Germany Train Collision

Sheep and lambs, Lavina, Montana, 6-19-04 CBS

Police say 67 sheep died when a pair of dogs attacked them and sent them fleeing into the path of a freight train in southwestern Germany.

Federal police say no humans were injured in the incident near Freiburg at 4:30 a.m. Monday.

Their investigation quickly pointed to two dogs seen at the site - and officials found that at least one sheep had been bitten to death by the animals.

The dogs' attack prompted the sheep to break out of their pen in a panic, running toward a railway line and the oncoming train. The driver hit the brakes but couldn't avoid the sheep.

Police said the dogs - a husky and a mongrel - already had attacked sheep nearby in January. Their owners face an investigation and likely damages claims.

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