Doors close af­ter dog death

Central Leader - - WHAT’S ON - DANIELLE CLENT

An Auck­land dog day­care owner has closed her busi­ness fol­low­ing the death of a dog.

The ca­nine, Wil­son, was found dead in a pond at Val­ley Dog Day­care in Hen­der­son on May 9.

The day­care’s owner, Trudi Hewett, said she did not ever in­tend to re­open.

‘‘I just can’t cope with the thought that this has hap­pened. I am ab­so­lutely wretched that this has hap­pened,’’ she said.

‘‘And I can­not ever take the risk of it hap­pen­ing again so I have closed.’’

Wil­son’s owner posted about her pup’s sad end on so­cial me­dia.

Brid­get Chung said she had sought le­gal ad­vice, and was un­able to com­ment to me­dia on what hap­pened to her pet.

Auck­land Coun­cil’s an­i­mal man­age­ment man­ager Tracey Moore said the team were cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the dog’s death.

‘‘The owner of the cen­tre is co­op­er­at­ing fully with the coun­cil and has closed the fa­cil­ity un­til fur­ther no­tice,’’ she said.

The Val­ley Dog Day­care web­site, which had since been pulled down, said dogs were not sep­a­rated by size and all roamed freely through the fully-fenced 10-acre farm.

The site said the day­care could take 10-12 dogs per day, but dog num­bers were capped at 12.

Dogs spent their day with Hewett, a trained an­i­mal be­haviourist, as she worked on the farm, it said.

They had two daily walks in the dog park and could swim in the pond, it said.

New Zealand Vet­eri­nary As­so­ci­a­tion (NZVA) head of ser­vices Cal­lum Irvine said a draft code for the wel­fare of tem­po­rary housed com­pan­ion an­i­mals, of which dog day­cares was one, had been re­leased by the Min­istry of Pri­mary In­dus­tries for con­sul­ta­tion.

It was cur­rently in draft form, but the NZVA ’’sup­port the re­port and the rec­om­men­da­tions within it’’, Irvine said.

Ken­nels and tem­po­rary hous­ing for an­i­mals should fol­low the best prac­tice rec­om­men­da­tions set out in the draft code, he said.

The code said the wel­fare of an­i­mals in tem­po­rary hous­ing fa­cil­i­ties could be a chal­lenge and re­quired strict at­ten­tion to be­havioural needs.

Irvine said dogs should be pro­vided with ‘‘some means of sep­a­ra­tion’’ from other dogs in day­cares.


Brid­get Chung’s dog Wil­son died at Val­ley Dog Day­care on May 9.

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