Tom and Janet Williams, owners of the Solitaire Ranch outside Ukiah, were both saddened and sickened Friday in the wake of a bloody pit bull attack that left two of their four pet llamas dead.
Janet Williams, who was home alone and asleep when the two dogs from a neighboring property attacked shortly before midnight Thursday, was awakened by the screams of her four female llamas in their fenced enclosure about 50 yards away.
But what she saw when she went outside with a flashlight haunts her, and she can't discuss it without crying.
One llama, Lilly, already was dead, and both dogs tore at the neck of the smallest one, Blossom. A third llama also was bitten in the face, Tom Williams said.
"It was just pure carnage," said his wife. "When I went out there, one of the llamas only had eyes left on her face."
Her husband of 35 years said he's as worried about the impact of the trauma on her, a true animal lover, as he is about the loss of the llamas.
"There was meat and blood all over," Tom Williams said after returning home from an aborted business meeting in Tahoe so he could console his wife. "It looked like a battleground out there."
Janet Williams tried to scare the dogs off, but when they turned on her, she had to retreat behind her front gate.
She called the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, so deputies were on the way when she managed to scare the dogs off into a canyon below the house, where they waited, growling and barking, for a chance to return.
Deputies had arrived when the dogs charged for a second attack and the deputies shot at them, killing one, the sheriff's office said.