Dumped car­casses up­set walker

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A reg­u­lar day down at

Ma¯ karetu¯ River turned grue­some re­cently, when one CHB res­i­dent dis­cov­ered three butchered pigs dumped by the river bank.

Roland Hund said he is reg­u­larly at the river, pick­ing up dumped rub­bish to take and dispose of cor­rectly.

He said he was used to see­ing dumped veg­e­ta­tion, plas­tic and house­hold items, but he had never seen any­thing like the pigs be­fore.

“It’s just not a nice thing to do.”

He said he was con­cerned be­cause fam­i­lies with young kids walk down by the river.

“It can also ef­fect the qual­ity of the wa­ter.”

He said he would not have minded if the peo­ple had left them fur­ther away from the river, and hid­den in veg­e­ta­tion, as the pigs would nat­u­rally de­com­pose “out of sight and out of smell”.

How­ever, it an­noyed him some­one had dumped them right by the river bank.

He said he would like to charge the peo­ple who had dumped the pigs.

“You just can’t dump stuff at the river.”

Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay Mayor Alex Walker said the sit­u­a­tion was in­cred­i­bly sad.

“I think that is in­cred­i­bly sad, and in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­point­ing.”

“There are so many peo­ple work­ing to im­prove our en­vi­ron­ment, and par­tic­u­larly around the qual­ity of our wa­ter­ways.”

The re­mains were three pig heads, three car­casses and three crates of of­fal (in­ter­nal organs).

A spokesper­son for Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil con­firmed they cleaned up the pigs on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, af­ter re­ceiv­ing a call through their pol­lu­tion hot­line.

They said if any­one saw rub­bish dumped into rivers, to call the pol­lu­tion hot­line on 0800 108 838.

They did not know who the per­pe­tra­tor was, and said any de­ci­sion to fine them would have to come from the District Coun­cil.

PHOTO / ROLAND HUND

It was a grue­some find on a Satur­day walk in CHB, with three butchered pigs dis­cov­ered by the Ma¯ karetu¯ River.

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