Leg of beaten dog ‘was just hang­ing’

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

South Waikato SPCA shel­ter man­ager Lorna Hutchin­son is urg­ing all res­i­dents to alert au­thor­i­ties if they hear an an­i­mal be­ing abused.

Mrs Hutchin­son’s calls comes af­ter her unit had to eu­thanase a 12-month-old labrador cross a month ago af­ter it re­ceived hor­rific abuse in Toko­roa.

‘‘I have had three dif­fer­ent com­plaints for three dif­fer­ent dogs. One dog ac­tu­ally had its leg bro­ken in two places.’’

Mrs Hutchin­son said a neigh­bour stood on the other side of the fence and heard the dog scream, once she peered over, the owner said he did not cause the dog’s shriek.

‘‘Ap­par­ently it has been a reg­u­lar thing for this dog to re­ceive a hid­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘When they brought the dog down here and it got out of the car, its leg was just hang­ing.’’

An­other re­cent case where a dog was al­legedly beaten saw a ve­teri­nary bill sur­pass $1000.

‘‘Quite of­ten there are wit­nesses to the beat­ing but they don’t want to be iden­ti­fied,’’ Mrs Hutchin­son said.

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