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