An­i­mal con­trol hunts killer dogs

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA TANIRAU

Two dogs are be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble for the deaths of a num­ber of small an­i­mals in Mata­mata, leav­ing fam­i­lies mourn­ing their beloved pets.

A res­i­dent of Sh­effield St, who wished to re­main anony­mous said she and her part­ner awoke at about 5am on Jan­uary 2 to find a pair of dogs in their back­yard. They had cleared their 1.2 me­tre fence.

‘‘We opened the cur­tains and this huge dog was right there on our deck growl­ing at us and show­ing teeth. There was no way we were go­ing out there.’’

One of the dogs man­aged to get the latch un­done on the cor­ru­gated iron rab­bit hutch, killing their rab­bit.

Two guinea pigs were also at­tacked and killed at an­other Sh­effield St ad­dress. The hutch was dragged along the ground.

‘‘The only way I can de­scribe th­ese dogs is brown­ish, black sav­age mon­grel mutts,’’ she said.

‘‘This could have been much worse, that could have been our kids. A lot of peo­ple might say it was just a rab­bit but my kids are dev­as­tated, that bunny was a muchloved fam­ily pet.’’

It was also re­ported that three chick­ens were killed at a Barnard St ad­dress.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Stephanie Slat­tery said there had been no fur­ther re­ports of dog at­tacks in Mata­mata since Jan­uary 3.

‘‘Fol­low­ing the at­tacks our An­i­mal Con­trol of­fi­cers have been pa­trolling the area look­ing for dogs that match the de­scrip­tion,’’ she said. ‘‘The dogs have not been found.’’ Ms Slat­tery said they are en­cour­ag­ing any­one who sees the dogs, or has an at­tack to report, to call 0800 746 467 as An­i­mal Con­trol Of­fi­cers are on duty 24/7.

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