Canton dog owner charged in attack against llama

A Canton man who owns two pit bulls faces multiple charges in connection with an attack on a llama last Friday in Monmouth.

Amber Waterman/Sun Journal

Abra, a 20-year-old llama at Snafu Acres in Monmouth, is recovering from injuries sustained last Friday when he was attacked by two pit bulls.

Following two days of searching by police, sheriff's deputies and animal control officers, Corey LaMontagne, 33, of Route 108 was charged Tuesday with two counts each of owning a dangerous dog, having unlicensed dogs and having dogs at large.

LaMontagne was being held at the Androscoggin County Jail on an unrelated warrant when he confessed, said Michael Costello, Monmouth's animal control officer.

"He turned around and admitted the whole thing," Costello said.

LaMontagne told police that he was visiting a friend last Friday in Monmouth when the two dogs ran loose and attacked the llama at Snafu Acres Farm on Tillson Road.

Farm owner Ivan Smith witnessed part of the attack. He saw the dogs run to an SUV that drove off.

Costello spent most of Monday and Tuesday trying to find the dogs and their owner, he said. Police officers in Monmouth and Winthrop helped. So did the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office and Wendell Strout, Lewiston-Auburn's animal control officer.

Smith's description of the dogs — one blue-tinted, one black and white — helped authorities find their veterinarian and connect with LaMontagne.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 16.

Until then, he is required to call Costello before leaving home. If he leaves with the dogs, they must be leashed and muzzled at all times, Costello said.

Ivan Smith's wife, Nancy, said she was grateful that LaMontagne was found. 

"We are both relieved that the dogs won't be back," she said.

She has been heartened by the recovery of the llama, named Abra.

The 20-year-old llama's first nights and days after the attack were rough. He suffered puncture wounds and tears to his lips, ears, nose and neck. In some places, the wounds tore deep enough to reach cartilage.

On Thursday, he was home in his pen. His wounds were largely hidden by a thick, brown coat of fleece.

"I think his coat played down the amount of blood that was there," Nancy Smith said. But he is feeling better. "His breathing is much better today."

His condition has been followed on Facebook, where he has more than 150 friends, Smith said.

"People have been genuinely concerned about Abra," she said.

dhartill@sunjournal.com

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 's picture

Llama attack

Yup...just as I thought. The dogs were pit bulls. Why were they not put down?!?!? And the he still gets to keep the dogs?!?! Does anyone think he will call Costello every time he leaves home?!? What a laugh! And, if he is permitted to keep these hideous dogs, I hope it isn't a child they attack, next time! Shame on him and everyone involved with letting the dogs live and live with him!

Barry King's picture

Llama Attack

I feel badly that the Llama was attacked and injured, but I am happy that it is recoverin well. I also feel badly that now Pit Bulls get yet another bad rap. I had a pit mix that, because of the way raised her, thought she was a 103 pound lap dog. She loved everyone and everything, and lived very happily with our 8 pound Yorkie. There are no bad dogs...only bad dog OWNERS!

Doreen Sheive's picture

I don't understand

Why are the dogs still in his possession? I would thing that the dogs should have been taken away. They are dangerous.

Barry King's picture

Put the dogs down

I agree that the owner should receive the maximum fined allowed, and be responsible for all costs associated with this sad event, but I believe that the dogs should be found new, loving, homes...NOT EUTHANIZED. Even trained fighting dogs can be rehabbed.

Fred Stone's picture

Congratulations

Glad to hear that they were able to track down the owners.
When the owners go before the judge, they should be made to pay for the expense of the deputies, animal control officers, etc.time tracking down these individuals.

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