Animal control hunts killer dogs
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.