SIBALE ISLAND, Romblon—Eleven days before a new appearance of the super moon on August 10, “vampire” dogs attacked and killed on Wednesday seven goats, sucking its blood and taking out its heart and liver, a senior official said.
Mayor Lemuel Cipriano said the dogs, which some residents claimed were werewolves, attacked the herd of Ervin Ignacio, a farmer-fisherman, in Sitio Sinanrigan in Barangay Calabasahan.
“The goats were drained of blood. The predators took only the livers and hearts. The rest of the body were intact,” Cipriano said.
The mysterious animal has killed a total of 211 goats since 2012, which usually attack on nights before the full moon. The animal scampers away at the sight of humans, but residents are worried they might be next victims when all the goats are killed.
Romblon Gov. Eduardo Fiormalo has issued a “shoot-on-sight” against the suspected werewolves. Residents armed with bamboo spears and bolos patrol their neighborhood at night, but the animals have been elusive.
Deo Atillano, executive secretary to the mayor, said the werewolves have given Sibale Island, which is six hours by boat from the provincial capital of Romblon and one of the most peaceful place in the country, a bad reputation.
He said a murder was committed in the 1970s but no one major has been reported in the island since then until the vampires started killing the goats.
“The only major activity here is gossiping and rumor-mongering among the women. The islanders have limited access to the Internet and very few households have television sets,” Atillano said.
The Department of Agriculture has announced it would replace the goats killed, but residents have become reluctant to herd goats because it attract the vampires and they could be the next victims.
“Who knows, if these unknown killers consumed all our goats, and they go hungry, we can be their next victims,” said Nelia Yap, the municipal agriculturist.