Lin­coln dies at 16

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A Ti­tahi Bay dog in­volved in a hor­rific or­gan­ised dog fight in 2009 has died of nat­u­ral causes.

Lin­coln, a rhode­sian ridge­back, died on June 21 aged 16 years.

Lin­coln made na­tional head­lines in April 2009 when he was res­cued by the SPCA af­ter sur­viv­ing a dog fight which left him bleed­ing, cov­ered in bite marks and with hunks of flesh torn off him.

Porirua man Wil­liam Kain Camp­bell, then 25 years old, had stolen Lin­coln from his home and taken him to Whi­tireia Park to fight his own dog, a pit­bull called Dukes. Both dogs sur­vived the fight. When Lin­coln bit Dukes, Camp­bell tried to break the el­derly dog’s legs, then aban­doned him in a toi­let.

A wit­ness called po­lice and Lin­coln was nursed by the SPCA be­fore be­ing re­turned to his own­ers.

Camp­bell was sen­tenced to 10 months’ jail over the in­ci­dent.

The crime was an iso­lated in­ci­dent, and dog fight­ing is al­most un­heard of in Porirua, says Porirua City Coun­cil’s team leader of dog con­trol Mur­ray Chilcott. ‘‘It was the first I’m aware of. It was a one-off.’’ There has never been ev­i­dence of or­gan­ised dog fights in the city, Mr Chilcott says.

In his 20 years work­ing in dog con­trol, he has heard only one ru­mour of dog fight­ing, in a ware­house in Kenepuru, but he thinks it was a myth. ‘‘It’s an ur­ban le­gend.’’ He is also scep­ti­cal about re­cent re­ports in Master­ton of a dog fight­ing ring ex­tend­ing to Porirua.

Mr Chilcott has re­ceived no lo­cal re­ports of the sounds of dogs fight­ing, and no dogs have been re­ported by vets or the SPCA with fight in­juries, apart from dogs who es­cape their houses and fight each other.

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