Lincoln dies at 16
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.