Keep­ing dogs safe

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

Sev­eral weeks ago I sus­pect I may have un­know­ingly wit­nessed a crime.

Re­fer­ring to the Camp­bell Live pro­gramme, the ‘‘Dog Rolling’’ seg­ment, whereby peo­ple are steal­ing fam­ily pets from un­sus­pect­ing own­ers on ru­ral and ur­ban prop­er­ties to use as ‘‘bait’’ for highly vi­cious pit­bull fights – which ap­par­ently are now mainly op­er­ated na­tion­wide on trucks which travel the coun­try to avoid de­tec­tion.

They are linked to the low-life cus­tomers pay­ing to view this an­i­mal cru­elty by in­ter­net.

Ap­prox­i­mately five to six weeks ago, hav­ing slowed to cross the rail lines at Wa­haroa – re­turn­ing to Mata­mata – my at­ten­tion was caught as I viewed on the verge a stopped large, plain, white truck and a burly man walk­ing a minia­ture brown long­haired dachshund to the rear of the truck.

The driver in the cab of the truck ap­peared anx­ious for me to pass (upon re­flec­tion this lit­tle dog was very sim­i­lar to one of the nine miss­ing dogs fea­tured).

A week later I no­ticed the same truck on the Tower Rd.

Hope­fully I am be­ing un­duly sus­pi­cious but would be re­miss not to draw at­ten­tion to the pos­si­bil­ity that these evil peo­ple may be seek­ing new vic­tims in this area, prey­ing upon your re­laxed and trust­ing na­ture to kid­nap and sub­ject our fam­ily pets to an ab­hor­rent net of an­i­mal cru­elty in the ex­treme.

Please se­cure your dogs when left unat­tended and con­sult with trusted neigh­bours to be wary of any strangers in your area.

Sheree Heath

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