SHARON Bothams was woken by her dog barking this morning at about 1am.

She didn't find out why until about 6.30am when she went into her back yard to find two dogs had got into her chook pen and killed the family's four pet chickens.

In happier times. Sharon Bothams' son Lachlan is now
In happier times. Sharon Bothams' son Lachlan is now "heartbroken" over the chickens' deaths. Contributed

The Johns St resident said it has been very upsetting for her eight-year-old son Lachlan, for whom the chooks were pets and playmates.

The dogs had been released from a nearby Watson Rd property when somebody opened the gate earlier that night. 

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The chickens' deaths have been hardest on Lachlan.

Southside resident Sharon Bothams is devastated after two dogs got into her chook pen last night and killed the family's pet chickens.
The dogs broke into the family's chook pen early this morning. Arthur Gorrie

"He could fit one of them into his Tonka toy truck and take them for a drive in the back yard," his mother said this morning.

Sharon Botham's son Lachlan loved playing with the chickens.
Sharon Botham's son Lachlan loved playing with the chickens. Contributed

"He's heart broken.

"It shouldn't happen at Southside."

Southside resident Sharon Bothams is devastated after two dogs got into her chook pen last night and killed the family's pet chickens.
Southside resident Sharon Bothams is devastated after two dogs got into her chook pen last night and killed the family's pet chickens. Arthur Gorrie