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Penguins killed by dog

A dog attack's been found to have caused the death of 12 penguins at Low Head Coastal Reserve recently in Tasmania's North.

Following the birds' bodies discovered in a bin, they were sent away for a post mortem examination which came up with that conclusion.

Although investigations have yet to turn up a culprit in this case, wildlife ranger Adam Scurrah explains there have been prosecutions in the past.

"Previously, about ninbe months ago, there was a conviction for an issue involving dogs on the Low Head area and there has been previous convictions for other penguin issues on the North West coast."

In some cases fines can be up to $10,000 or even involve the offending dog being put down.