Mange-rid­den dog found


The SPCA has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of a mange-rid­den dog in East Auck­land.

Auck­land Coun­cil says its an­i­mal man­age­ment team re­sponded to a call about two dogs roam­ing around How­ick’s Welling­ton Street last Satur­day.

One, a black labrador, was reg­is­tered and mi­crochipped and re­turned to its owner. The other dog was re­ferred to the SPCA.

A post on so­cial me­dia de­scribed the younger ‘‘lit­tle one’’ as ap­pear­ing to be an en­tire male with ‘‘stunted growth’’.

‘‘He would not let any­one near him, just stayed with the other dog.’’

‘‘He had a se­vere case of mange, it breaks my heart. Have not per­son­ally seen any­thing like this be­fore.’’

Sev­eral other posts ex­pressed dis­may at the dog’s con­di­tion.

‘‘Hope­fully now he gets the help he needs. Poor lit­tle man.’’

An SPCA spokes­woman says the dog is a mixed breed and about two years old.

Due to the fact an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way she could only con­firm the dog is with the SPCA.

‘‘If there has been a de­lib­er­ate act of vi­o­lence or ne­glect, where ap­pro­pri­ate our in­spec­tors can seek jus­tice through the courts, act­ing as the voice for an­i­mals.’’

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion about the dog is en­cour­aged to call the SPCA on 09 256 7300.

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