Dog and owner ‘abused’

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A woman says her grey­hound was kicked and she was phys­i­cally and racially abused by a dog owner at an Auck­land dog park.

New Wind­sor res­i­dent Jacquelyn Wan said she took her dog Goldie for a walk at Me­ola Reef Re­serve on July 4 and was so trau­ma­tised by her ex­pe­ri­ence she would not be returning.

Goldie was play­ing with a husky in­side the gated park when a lit­tle dog started play­ing with them too, she said.

The owner of the small dog, a woman, grabbed Goldie by the col­lar be­fore mak­ing a racist com­ment to­wards Wan, she said.

‘‘He was so scared,’’ Wan said. Wan said she im­me­di­ately left the park and was wash­ing Goldie’s feet at the carpark when the woman ap­proached Wan, ac­cus­ing Goldie of in­jur­ing her dog.

‘‘She then kicked my dog and my im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion was to cover my dog. She then pushed me to the ground.’’

Both Goldie and Wan were ‘‘pet­ri­fied’’, she said.

Auck­land Coun­cil’s an­i­mal man­age­ment man­ager Tracey Moore said Me­ola Reef had a rel­a­tively high rate of ag­gres­sive in­ci­dents due to its pop­u­lar­ity.

She said an­i­mal man­age­ment aimed to have a fre­quent and vis­i­ble pres­ence in the re­serve to re­duce the in­ci­dents.

A po­lice spokes­woman said they were mak­ing en­quiries into the in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Wan.

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Goldie the grey­hound’s owner claims he was kicked by an­other dog owner at Me­ola Reef Dog Park.

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