Res­cue group al­leges mis­treat­ment

The Southland Times - - NEWS - JACK FLETCHER

An an­i­mal res­cue group claims a dog was al­legedly mis­treated af­ter be­ing killed with a cap­tive bolt gun at the In­ver­cargill City Coun­cil’s an­i­mal pound.

Paw Jus­tice co-founder Craig Dunn said a video, show­ing the al­leged mis­treat­ment, was given to the an­i­mal jus­tice or­gan­i­sa­tion two weeks ago.

Dunn said he had seen cap­tive bolt guns be­ing used be­fore, but he’d never seen a dog be­ing kicked or stomped.

How­ever, In­ver­cargill City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Richard King dis­puted the dog had been stomped on.

King said staff were, in fact, dis­en­gag­ing the an­i­mal from the equip­ment.

‘‘No­body likes to see an­i­mals mis­treated but that is not what is hap­pen­ing here.’’

King said a cap­tive bolt gun was reg­u­larly used to kill an­i­mals be­cause it was much safer than us­ing a firearm.

Dunn said he ques­tioned the staff train­ing and their abil­ity to eu­thanis­ing of an­i­mals in their care.

Fol­low­ing the video’s re­lease, Dunn has called for a ban on the use of cap­tive bolt guns.

‘‘If the an­i­mal has to be eu­thanised, then it should be given a seda­tive to be calm and re­laxed be­fore it is given a lethal in­jec­tion.

‘‘When you’re eu­thanis­ing a dog in the court­yard with the other dogs there, the pheromones that come off from those dogs, that this is death, it’s com­ing – ratepay­ers don’t pay money to see coun­cil’s op­er­ate like this.’’

King said the coun­cil pol­icy on dog eu­thana­sia was that if an im­pounded dog is not claimed within seven days, and is deemed by an of­fi­cer as un­suit­able for re­hom­ing, the dog will be eu­thanised by hu­mane means.’’

The coun­cil in­tro­duced its cap­tive bolt gun pol­icy in April 2016, with the sup­port of the lo­cal branch of SPCA.

‘‘In the past, the coun­cil eu­thanised dogs by us­ing firearms or by tak­ing the dogs to a vet to re­ceive a lethal in­jec­tion.

‘‘How­ever, the process of lethal in­jec­tion was stress­ful for both the dogs and staff,’’ King said. Bluff iden­tity a ‘‘gentle­man’s gentle­man’’, has died. Mor­ri­son, 85, died at South­land Hos­pi­tal on Wed­nes­day. Long-time mate and cousin Fred Ryan said Mor­ri­son was a hu­mor­ous and tal­ented man. ’’Very pop­u­lar with peo­ple. He was a man of the com­mu­nity down here, a very pop­u­lar man.’’ Among his many deeds, he acted in the drama club, was a mem­ber of the RSA and re­cited the ode to the oys­ter at the an­nual Bluff Oys­ter Fes­ti­val. Mor­ri­son had pre­vi­ously lived in Green­hills and Bluff and was liv­ing in In­ver­cargill at the time of his death, Ryan said. ’’He was a hu­mor­ous sort of a fella, Spencer, and a very tal­ented sort of a bloke too. His daugh­ter told me he wanted his ashes spread at Green­hills, where he lived.’’ Mor­ri­son’s fu­neral ser­vice will be held at the Bluff Town Hall on Mon­day.

Mur­der ac­cused granted bail

An In­ver­cargill teen ac­cused of mur­der has been granted bail. David Wil­son, 18, was granted elec­tron­i­cally mon­i­tored bail when he ap­peared be­fore Jus­tice Na­tion in the High Court yes­ter­day. Wil­son is one of seven peo­ple ac­cused of mur­der­ing 19-year-old Jack Mcal­lis­ter near the ILT Sta­dium South­land on June 7. Five have pleaded not guilty – Wil­son, Laura Scheep­ers, 18, Bray­den Whit­ing-Roff, 20, Ge­or­gia Rose Dickey, 16 and Christo­pher James Brown, 19. Name sup­pres­sion and sup­pres­sion of de­tails were in place for the re­main­ing two peo­ple ac­cused of mur­der­ing Mcal­lis­ter.

New digs

Na­tional’s Clutha-South­land can­di­date Hamish Walker has con­firmed he has bought a house in Warepa, in south Otago.

Mo­tocross cham­pi­onships

Court­ney Dun­can, of Otago, is com­pet­ing in the fi­nal round of the Women’s Mo­tocross World Cham­pi­onships in France this week­end. She is cur­rently two points be­hind the leader. Dun­can has won three of the 10 races held in five rounds so far this year.

Pou erected for is­land

Nga¯i Tahu and the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion have worked to­gether to erect three to¯tara pou to rep­re­sent the past, present, fu­ture and jour­ney of the peo­ple on Cod­fish Is­land.

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