AUSTRALIA - Victoria's Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) is investigating the death of 27 little penguins at the Phillip Island Nature Park.
The little penguins were found at Cat Bay, Shelly Beach and the Penguin Parade Car Park yesterday. Two dead water rats were also found.
DSE Wildlife Officers are investigating the cause of death however preliminary observations of the injuries are consistent with a dog attack.
Little penguins and water rats are protected in Victoria.
If a dog attacks wildlife on public land, the owner could face fines of up to AU$3000 under the Wildlife Act 1975.
Penguin deaths at Phillip Island, 10 May 2012, Department of Sustainability and Environment