Bet­ter con­trols sought for dogs af­ter at­tack

Rodney Times - - OUT & ABOUT - JAY BORE­HAM

Ru­ral res­i­dents are call­ing for bet­ter dog con­trols from land­lords af­ter an al­paca was mauled so badly it had to be shot.

Dairy Flat res­i­dent Bev­er­ley Palmer’s pedi­gree al­paca Anas­ta­sia was put down af­ter her face was crushed by a bull ter­rier cross.

The dog was owned by neigh­bour­ing ten­ants who had moved in three weeks be­fore the at­tack oc­curred on Au­gust 17.

The ten­ants had ar­rived home and let their two dogs out of their garage when one of them flew out.

Palmer said It ran through two fences, past a trio of year­ling male al­pacas, and at­tacked Anas­ta­sia.

Scream­ing from the dog’s owner alerted Palmer and other res­i­dents.

A neighbour, Deirdre, said she thought the woman’s screams were Palmer and she rushed to in­ves­ti­gate.

‘‘It was ab­so­lutely an­guished scream­ing,’’ Deirdre said.

She came across the young woman who was an ‘‘ut­ter an­guished wreck’’ and a young man who ap­peared to be in shock.

A vet was called and put the al­paca down. The vet said it was the worse maul­ing he had seen in 30 years, Deirdre said.

The dog had crushed all the bones in Anas­ta­sia’s face and snout.

Palmer said she held no an­i­mos­ity to­wards the dog’s own­ers who were very apolo­getic. They helped bury Anas­ta­sia, put the dog down, and paid repa­ra­tions.

‘‘But still no an­i­mal de­serves to die like that,’’ Palmer said.

She and Dei­dre ques­tion why the land­lord al­lowed the un­neutered bull ter­rier to live on the prop­erty near live­stock when it wasn’t con­tained, and won­der if ques­tions were asked about the dog’s breed and his­tory.

Har­courts Cooper and Co Al­bany are the prop­erty man­agers, af­ter re­cently sell­ing the prop­erty to a buyer be­lieved to be over­seas, Palmer said. Har­courts Group na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager An­drea Svend­sen said the de­ci­sion to al­low dogs at a rental prop­erty, is solely at the dis­cre­tion of the prop­erty owner.

‘‘Har­courts records de­tails of an­i­mals that ten­ants re­quest to keep on the prop­erty and re­lays this in­for­ma­tion to the owner to as­sist with that de­ci­sion how­ever, all an­i­mal con­trol is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the ten­ant. Any prob­lems that may arise fall un­der the Dog Con­trol Act 1996,‘‘ Svend­sen said.

JAY BORE­HAM

Bev­er­ley Palmer with some of her al­paca, who have been ag­i­tated for days af­ter the at­tack.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.